Sarabeth Tucek announces UK tour dates, new single and album re-issue details

Posted on 25 August 2011
By Richard Lewis
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Sarabeth Tucek releases her new single, Smile For No One, via Sonic Cathedral Recordings on September 12th.

The song is the second single to be taken from Sarabeth’s album Get Well Soon, which upon its release in April was acclaimed by everyone from The Times and Q magazine to the Daily Mirror and The Quietus.

The disc was a rare thing, an album that appealed to people of all musical persuasions, its title track becoming something of a panacea for the general malaise of modern life.

Q gave the album four stars and described the record as ‘A starkly beautiful record that mines the sounds of the last four decades of Americana’.

The Stool Pigeon in a four star review said it was ‘A small-hours classic’, while Uncut stated the LP was ‘A set of songs that are as disquietingly spare as they are beautiful’.

The LP is being re-released as a special edition double CD via Sonic Cathedral Recordings on the same day.

After most of the remaining original copies of the album were destroyed in the Sony DADC warehouse fire earlier this month, it is now being re-pressed with a second disc containing the ‘In My Room Demos’, the original four-track recordings of all 12 album tracks recorded at Sarabeth’s old apartment in Brooklyn.

The album features the singles State I Am In and Smile For No One, which is released on the same day, September 12. The bonus tracks include the demo of Get Well Soon and new song Something/Anything.

The subject matter of Get Well Soon was actually very personal to Sarabeth, the album being based around her reaction to the death of her father some years previously.

Smile For No One, with its countrified harmonies courtesy of producer and multi-instrumentalist Luther Russell, represents one of the lighter moments on the album, at least musically.

Sarabeth said of the track, ‘I wanted the feel of the music to belie the lyrical content,’ before going on to explain how the prominent piano was added as a ‘homage to Cat Stevens’.

Sarabeth was introduced to Stevens’ classic 1970 album ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ by her mother and it has been a long-time favourite.

The B-sides available on the new digital-only single release include a short and bittersweet new song called Something/Anything, which was apparently written and recorded without any prior knowledge of Todd Rundgren’s 1972 double album of the same name.

The other track is the In My Room Demo version of the title track of ‘Get Well Soon’, which adds a chiming guitar refrain that makes the song sound even more like some long-lost outtake from Big Star’s classic Third/Sister Lovers LP.

Smile For No One, new single released September 12

1. Smile For No One
2. Something/Anything
3. Get Well Soon (In My Room Demo)

Sarabeth Tucek UK tour dates:

London – St Pancras Old Church – September 1st
Dorset – End Of The Road Festival (Local Stage) – September 2nd
Liverpool – St Bride’s Church – September 3rd
Newcastle – Cluny 2 – September 4th
Glasgow – Captain’s Rest – September 5th
Leeds – Oporto – September 6th
Manchester – Castle Hotel – September 9th
Oxford – St Columba’s Church September 7th