The return of Teddy Thompson
TEDDY THOMPSON: ‘A PIECE OF WHAT YOU NEED’ NEW ALBUM RELEASED AUGUST 25th ON UNIVERSAL
1st Single ‘In My Arms’ out August 18th
Teddy Thompson is back with what is undoubtedly the best album of his career, ‘A Piece of What You Need’ out August 25th. Produced by the hugely talented Marius de Vries, it is his most ambitious and accomplished effort to date, showcasing his formidable vocal, songwriting and guitar talents.
All tracks were written by Teddy and each song in its own way shows off his distinctive knack for blending classic songwriting with infectious melodies and the odd dash of black humor. Highlights include the catchy single ‘In My Arms’ and the bittersweet ‘Turning the Gun On Myself.’ Other stand out moments include the careening brass band on ‘Can't Sing Straight’ and ‘One of These Days’, the lush and cinematic ‘Jonathan's Book’ and the sensational opener, ‘The Things I Do’.
Although Teddy Thompson co-produced his last two albums ‘Separate Ways’ and ‘Up Front & Down Low’, for ‘A Piece Of What You Need‘ he made it a point to recruit an outside producer for the new album. The man for the job was Marius de Vries, whose extensive production resume includes work with acts as diverse as Björk, Madonna, David Gray and Rufus Wainwright.
"This is a happy record," Thompson muses. "Well, maybe not happy, but upbeat. Actually, maybe not upbeat, but it does have some up-tempo songs! Anyway, it's as close as I've gotten to making the record I've always wanted to make."
Thompson's sense of purpose — and humor — are reflected in the song title that provides the album's name. "The song was born from frustration with the state of music," he explains. "I liked it as an album title because I thought it sounded like an offering, like this record is a small bit of truth. For most people, it's gonna be an absolutely miniscule piece of what they need. But I'd like to think that I'm contributing some tiny little building block of something worthwhile, rather than just adding to the massive pile of disposable rubbish."
A mainstay of the UK touring circuit since the release of the critically acclaimed ‘Separate Ways’ in 2006, Teddy has built a legion of UK fans. In addition to his Autumn tour, Teddy has confirmed he will be performing at the Queen’s Head stage at Glastonbury, June 28th and Kenwood House alongside Rufus Wainwright on July 5th.
P.T.O for live dates
24th BIRMINGHAM Glee Club
25th GLASGOW Oran Mor
26th MANCHESTER Ruby Lounge
29th YORK Duchess
30th CARDIFF Glee Club
2nd LONDON Scala
3rd NORWICH Arts Centre
4th EXETER Phoenix
5th BRIGHTON Concorde
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