Keep Your Courage - CD *this includes admission to virtual event
Nonesuch Records will release Natalie Merchant’s "Keep Your Courage", her ninth solo studio album and first of new material since 2014’s self-titled record, on April 14, 2023. An eclectic album, produced by Merchant, it features two duets sung with vocalist Abena Koomson-Davis (Resistance Revival Chorus), contributions from the Celtic folk group Lúnasa and Syrian virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, and horn arrangements by jazz trombonist Steve Davis. There are lush orchestrations throughout by seven composers including: Gabriel Kahane, Stephen Barber, Colin Jacobson, and Megan Gould. "Keep Your Courage" comprises nine original songs by Merchant as well as an interpretation of “Hunting the Wren” by Ian Lynch of the Irish band Lankum. The vinyl LP edition of Keep Your Courage includes four bonus tracks from earlier albums, previously unreleased on vinyl.
Your preorder purchase includes access to an exclusive virtual pre-release listening event on April 6 featuring songs from the new album and a conversation between Natalie and host. Details about the event will be sent separately along with a link and unique access code sent the day before the event - please look out for an email from FlyMachine. If you’re not able to attend on April 6, re-stream access is available for 72 hours. You’ll also receive a submission link for a chance to have Natalie answer your questions live during this special event.
Come On, Aphrodite
Hunting the Wren
Eye of the Storm
Tower of Babel
Song of Himself
The Feast of Saint Valentine