AMY MACDONALD presents new album ‘THE HUMAN DEMANDS’
Listen to the album HERE.
Amy Macdonald has achieved huge international success while resolutely doing things her own way. World tours in front of 3.3 million people, over 200 million Spotify streams, four Top 5 albums (including her #1 debut), six million album sales and the landmark hit ‘This Is The Life’ which topped the charts in ten countries, today Amy releases her fifth and finest album ‘The Human Demands’. It represents her first release under a new deal with Infectious / BMG and was launched alongside the lead single ‘The Hudson’. Listen HERE.
Produced by Jim Abbiss (Artic Monkeys, Kasabian), the new album ‘The Human Demands’ rediscovers, from a grown-up perspective, that magic youthful moment of excitement and discovery we can all relate to. It finds Amy reconnecting with her indie roots, albeit with a Bruce Springsteen-like widescreen grandeur and an ambition that suits her powerful, resonant vocal. Its themes include getting older, dealing with depression, and falling in love with someone you want to spend the rest of your life with.
“A lot of the themes on this album are about getting older, which seems ridiculous given I’m only in my early 30s,” Amy explains. “But I signed my first record contract at 18, which feels like a lifetime ago, and on a personal level I’m at the stage in life where parents are getting on, friends have faced depression to the point of not wanting to be here anymore, and everyone has had ups and downs whatever their background. It’s OK to feel a bit crap, and it’s OK to talk about it as well.”
The first single ‘The Hudson’ is the perfect introduction, an upbeat rocker which was inspired by the stories Amy’s dad used to tell her about going to New York with her mum in the 70s. It also echoes the themes of her debut single ‘Mr Rock & Roll’, evaluating whether or not you’ve made the right choices in life. It was followed by ‘Crazy Shade of Blue’, and most recently, Amy unveiled the album’s centrepiece and title track ‘The Human Demands’, an energising anthem that offered the timely reminder that’s its ok to feel overwhelmed by life’s challenges. What haunts us today will, in time, pass.
Recording for the new album started early this year with Jim Abbiss, an influential force and someone that Amy had an immediate connection with. But just as the duo picked up momentum, lockdown put the project on pause for three months. It was a setback, but one with an unexpected longer-term benefit – the excitement that everyone felt to be working again shimmers throughout the ten-track album.
The result is the most personal album of Amy’s career. Amy is back where she began: with an album that captures the essence of who she is. The fact that it was made in the midst of global pandemic only adds to her feeling that this is a fresh start.
“Usually I would be flying around Europe, doing radio sessions and interviews. Now I can’t do that, which makes me feel like we’re back at the beginning because I didn’t do those things then either. I’m back to making music I like and just putting it out in a pure way. It has given me a new love for what I do, all over again.”
Amy will launch the album release with a unique ticketed 100% live streamed event ‘An Evening With Amy Macdonald’, at 7pm UK time this Sunday 1st November at The Mildmay Club in Stoke Newington, London. Tickets are priced at £15 and are available HERE. Ticket holders will be able to view the event live, and for 48 hours after the event via a secure VOD link. All profits from the event will benefit the #WeMakeEvents campaign. #WeMakeEvents is an international movement to highlight that the live events sector urgently needs support from local governments to survive the Covid-19 crisis. #WeMakeEvents raises money to give immediate support to individuals, families and industry charities. Please see the official website for more information.
‘The Human Demands’ is now available here. It is released on CD, vinyl and digital formats, as well as a Deluxe CD which adds six exclusive acoustic bonus tracks. A special box set packages the Deluxe CD with a lyric book, a poster, a lanyard and a plectrum.