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Margaret Glaspy Announces New Album “Echo The Diamond” out August 18th via ATO & Shares First Single

May 31, 2023
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Margaret Glaspy announces new album

Echo The Diamond out August 18 via ATO

Shares first single ‘Act Natural’ 

Confirms London headline show & further UK appearances for September 

Margaret Glaspy has announced the August 18 release of her new album, Echo The Diamond, via ATO. Today she shares the first taste of the album via the LP’s exultant opening track ‘Act Natural.’ She has also confirmed her return to UK shores this September, touring alongside Half Moon Run before a headline show at London’s Omeara on September 20. Following this, she will tour North America in support of the album, including a hometown show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 20. 

‘Act Natural’ captures the strange thrill of infatuation, channelling wonder and wide-eyed bewilderment into her lyrics from the first verse (“Are you a paradise bird?/’Cause violet shines bright in both your eyes/That can’t be natural”). “‘Act Natural’ is about trying to play it cool when you meet someone remarkable,” shares Glaspy. “I wrote it in the afternoon in the back of a tour bus and the riff came separately when I got home. It is one of my favourite songs on the record to play live.”  The video for the track, directed by Phineas Alexander, is a deep dive into Glaspy’s artistic New York City community and a showcase of her love for the guitar. 

Oh, Glaspy is back with this phenomenal track, gritty, obsessive, loud, and challenging. It’s everything. It captures so much within the tonal choices, within the expressive harmonies expanding throughout. The crashing drum cymbals, the plentiful hooks, this will all move you. This is a really electrifying ensemble that captures the complexity of the songwriting thrust into the compelling textures.

Echo The Diamond is the third full-length from Margaret Glaspy. It was produced by Glaspy with co-production from her partner, guitarist/composer Julian Lage and is the follow-up to 2020’s Devotion. Echo The Diamond takes its title from a turn of phrase that Glaspy tossed off in the midst of a conversation with Lage. “Bruce Lee once said to be water—if water is in a teacup, it becomes teacup-shaped; if it’s in a glass, then it takes the shape of that glass,” she recalls. “For me, Echo The Diamond is a way of saying ‘shine bright’, ‘be brilliant.’”  The album expands on the frenetic vitality of her widely acclaimed debut Emotions and Math—a 2016 release The New Yorker hailed as an album “in which pretty songs often turn prickly, enriched by carefully measured infusions of dissonance and grit.” This time around, Glaspy worked with drummer/percussionist David King of The Bad Plus and bassist Chris Morrissey (Andrew Bird, Lucius, Ben Kweller), recording at Reservoir Studios in Manhattan and embracing an intentionally unfussy process that left plenty of room for spontaneity. “I love music with a big element of risk to it, which was really the heartbeat of this album,” she says. “A lot of what you hear are the very first takes.” Anchored in the raw yet mesmerizing vocal presence and impressionistic guitar work she’s brought to the stage in touring with the likes of Spoon and Wilco, Echo The Diamond holds entirely true to the spirit of its lyrical explorations, presenting a selection of songs both unvarnished and revelatory.

Originally from the Northern California town of Red Bluff, Glaspy first started writing songs at age 15 and soon began honing the potent balance of sensitivity and incisiveness that now imbues her music. In bringing Echo The Diamond to life, she adhered to a songwriting process meant to preserve and amplify her unfettered expression (“If I sit down with a guitar for about 15 minutes, I usually have a song at the end,” she notes). Along with drawing from an eclectic mix of inspirations—Sonic Youth, Vivienne Westwood’s punk-influenced approach to fashion, Tom Waits’s music and turn as a jailbird DJ in Jim Jarmusch’s Down By Law, the 1985 Japanese Western film Tampopo—Glaspy sustained that sense of thoughtful urgency upon joining forces with King and Morrissey in the studio. “This is the most fluid and immediate music I have ever made,” she says. “I see now that I protected the creative space by surrounding myself with incredible people in making this record, and I’m so happy I did.”

As a result of Glaspy’s rigour in protecting her instincts, Echo The Diamond ultimately marks the glorious realisation of her most closely held intentions for the album. “I’m excited to make music that doesn’t try to manipulate the listener into wishing for things to be any different from what they are. Ideally, I want my songs to reveal life for what it is, and to show that it’s that way for everyone.”

Pre-order Echo The Diamond here:

Margaret Glaspy tour dates

18 Aug |  New York, NY | Rough Trade Records (Instore)

12 Sept | Brighton, UK | Chalk*

13 Sept | London, UK | O2 Forum Kentish Town*

14 Sept | Bristol, UK | SWX*

16 Sept | Manchester, UK | Albert Hall*

17 Sept | Glasgow, UK | SWG3*

18 Sept | Leeds, UK | Brudenell Social Club*
20 Sept | London, UK | Omeara (Headline)

28 Sept | Washington, DC | Union Stage

29 Sept |  Philadelphia, PA | Underground Arts

30 Sept | Boston, MA | The Sinclair

02 Oct | Toronto, ON | Horseshoe

03 Oct | Cleveland, OH | Grog Shop

Oct 04 | Detroit, MI | El Club

Oct 06 | Minneapolis, MN | Fine Line

Oct 07 | Chicago, IL | Sleeping Village

Oct 08 |  Milwaukee, WI | The Back Room @ Colectivo

Oct 10 | Nashville, TN | Blue Room @ Third Man Records

11 Oct | Atlanta, GA | Center Stage

12 Oct |  Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall

13 Oct | Asheville, NC | Grey Eagle

14 Oct |  Richmond, VA | Richmond Music Hall

20 Oct | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom

01 Nov | Austin, TX | Antone’s

02 Nov | Dallas, TX | Deep Ellum Art Co

04 Nov | Denver, CO | Ophelia’s

06 Nov | Salt Lake City, UT | Urban Lounge

07 Nov | Boise, ID | The Olympic

09 Nov | Seattle, WA | Madame Lou’s

10 Nov | Vancouver, BC | Biltmore Cabaret

11 Nov |  Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios

13 Nov | San Francisco, CA | The Independent 

14 Nov | Los Angeles, CA | Lodge Room

*opening for Half Moon Run

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