You already know the beautiful voiced of Canadian songstress Amy Millan
from her memorable work with Stars
and Broken Social Scene
, the silken whisper of "Anthems of a Seventeen Year Old Girl" or the gripping pop melodramas in each Stars track, and if you're anything like me, adore the songs with her voice even more than the bands' respective usual work. Perhaps you're even familiar with Amy Millan's solo work--her last album, Honey From the Tombs
showcased her voice and songwriting on top of delicate acoustic guitars, a quiet introspective change from the bands.
And if so, you should be delighted, as the Canadian singer is coming out with a new album to be released September 22nd. Dripping with the melodic beauty of her voice, channeling a variety of influences in impossibly pretty instruments, lush and warm and soft in songs that echo, a touching familiarity and just out of reach sadness, a half smile lingering on violins and pianos, warm light and silken white sheets. And it includes her version of "I Will Follow You Into the Dark" (cue: all indie kids fainting in amazement), fuller, sweeter, not a sentimental ballad of Ben Gibbard but a hopeful, charming update, a hint of country, a hint of a girl who should but doesn't know better.
While you're waiting for the album in the comforts of your own bedroom, write down one of Amy Millan's upcoming tour dates. Close your eyes and imagine that angelic voice, the softest press of lips against skin, melody that flutters like a butterfly in sunlight just outside the windowstill. September is hardly far off. -Laura Yan
Amy Millan on Tour
August 21 - Ottawa Folk Festival - Ottawa, ON
September 30 - Ukrainian Federation - Montreal, Canada
October 1 - Montreal House - Peterborough, ON
October 3 - The Grad Club - Kingston, ON
October 14 - The Mod Club - Toronto, ON
October 15 - Pike Room @ The Crofoot - Pontiac, MI
October 16 - Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL
October 17 - The Turf Club - St Paul, MN
October 18 - West End Cultural Centre - Winnipeg, MB
October 19 - Amigo's - Saskatoon, SK
October 20 - The Marquee Room - Calgary, AB
October 21 - Myer Horowitz Theatre - Edmonton, AB
October 24 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
October 25 - Triple Door - Seattle, WA
October 26 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
October 28 - Cafe Du Nord - San Francisco, CA
October 30 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA
November 4 - Middle East Club - Cambridge, MA
November 5 - The Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
November 6 - Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
November 7 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
November 8 - DC9 - Washington, DC
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