Joni Mitchell's new four-disc boxed set LOVE HAS MANY FACES: A QUARTET, A BALLET, WAITING TO BE DANCED was first conceived as the music to a ballet about love.
But after spending 18 months trying to distill everything she'd written about love-and the lack of it-down to a single disc, the influential singer-songwriter abandoned the ballet. "I wanted the music to feel like a total work-a new work. No matter what I did, though, at that length, it remained merely a collection of songs," she writes in the set's liner notes.
Undaunted, Mitchell did not give up. Instead, she continued to sequence her songs, determined to prove to herself that what she was after was possible. After two years, she had created a four-act ballet based on the 53 songs that make up this inspiring collection. "I am a painter who writes songs. My songs are very visual. The words create scenes...What I have done here is to gather some of these scenes (like a documentary filmmaker) and by juxtaposition, edit them into a whole new work," the artist writes.
British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin's 6-song English Rain EP is out now! The digital release marks her U.S. debut and follows her massive success overseas where her single "The Power of Love" has achieved certified Gold status in the U.K. and Australia.
The English Rain EP features five tracks from her celebrated Gold-selling debut album English Rain, which peaked at #2 in the U.K. during a chart-run that lasted almost five months, yet has not been released in the U.S. In addition to "The Power of Love," which launched to #1 on the U.K. and Australia iTunes chart and was featured in promos for ABC's new hit series "Resurrection," the EP also features an exclusive new track - a gorgeous rendition of "A Case of You" by Aplin's musical hero Joni Mitchell.-DocFB
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5/14 The Vera Project - Seattle, WA
5/15 Lola's in Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR
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5/21 Hotel Café - Hollywood, CA