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Norah Jones to release new album in May

By | Published on Tuesday 17 March 2020

Norah Jones

Norah Jones will release her seventh album – ‘Pick Me Up Off The Floor’ – in May, a record she recorded seemingly by mistake.

After completing touring to promote her last album – 2016’s ‘Day Breaks’ – and keen to get away from the traditional album cycle, Jones began booking short recording sessions with other artists. This resulted in a run of collaborative singles with the likes of Mavis Staples, Rodrigo Amarante, Thomas Bartlett, and Tarriona Tank Ball. But with studio time booked, Jones also spent time getting down other ideas.

“Every session I’ve done, there’ve been extra songs I didn’t release and they’ve sort of been collecting for the last two years”, says Jones. “I became really enamoured with them, having the rough mixes on my phone, listening while I walk the dog. The songs stayed stuck in my head and I realised that they had this surreal thread running through them. It feels like a fever dream taking place somewhere between God, the devil, the heart, the country, the planet, and me”.

“Living in this country – this world – the last few years, I think there’s an underlying sense of, ‘lift me up – let’s get up out of this mess and try to figure some things out'”, she goes on. “If there’s a darkness to this album, it’s not meant to be an impending sense of doom, it feels more like a human longing for connection”.

She adds: “Some of the songs that are personal also apply to the larger issues we’re all facing. And some of the songs that are about very specific larger things also feel quite personal. I don’t know if I was just in a zone or if this process turned it on, but I’ve felt more creative in the last year than I ever have”.

‘Pick Me Up Off The Floor’ will be released on 8 May. Listen to new single, ‘I’m Alive’ – a collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy – here: