After a long four years without any release, Rachael Yamagata relieves fans by announcing her fourth full-length record, Tightrope Walker, on September 23. On her followup to her last record Chesapeake, Yamagata thoroughly explores the theme of the tightrope walker (hence the name).
“When [French high-wire artist] Philippe Petit was asked why he walked the tightrope he responded, ‘Why—there is no why.’ This really fucked me up,” said Yamagata in a press release. “I was devoting an entire theme of the tightrope walker to my new record: defending the weary spirit and empowering the underdog while using the high wire artist as a symbol of how to get through, but it hadn’t yet occurred to me to contemplate the why of getting through or the why of even my own art. Beyond that, why continue in an industry that I’d not yet conquered or pursue this when you have to give up so much to do so? Something propels our survival and search for happiness and it’s this desire to overcome what threatens to break us that continues to fascinate me. If you’re thinking of quitting—anything—this is your record.”
Here’s the album cover and the tracklist:
Tightrope Walker Tracklist:
1. Tightrope Walker
3. Ez Target
5. Let Me Be Your Girl
6. Break Apart
7. I’m Going Back
9. Black Sheep
10. Money Fame Thunder
Until the album comes out, Yamagata appeases her listeners with a visually striking new music video for her single off the record “Nobody.” The majestic deep-voiced singer-songwriter flaunts her determined self with flourish in alternating shots between the sultry singer and magnificent dancers, all gracefully moving to the strong rhythm.
Yamagata had played the song live multiple times before in 2014 and 2015, but the properly recorded studio version really brings to life the intimacy with which Yamagata brings in her listeners and keeps them ensnared by her glorious voice.
Check out the music video below: