Brit Soul Singer Sam Smith’s Debut Album ‘In the Lonely Hour’

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Sam Smith

With the release of In the Lonely Hour, Sam Smith has made Billboard chart history. The rising crooner moved 166,000 copies of his debut solo album, the best-selling week of any UK male singer in Soundscan’s 23-year history of tracking.

In another impressive achievement, Smith’s latest single “Stay With Me” recently passed sales of one million copies.

Already from the album we’ve been privy to “Money On My Mind” and “Stay With Me”, and today, Smith’s unveiled the album’s third single, “Leave Your Lover”, along with its corresponding music video.

The lonely, mournful ballad soundtracks a tale of unrequited love, only there’s a really great and powerful curveball at the end. Co-starring UK model Daisy Lowe, the video was premiered on UK style mag Love. Watch it  below.

The Lonely Hour is is out via Capitol. Watch its powerful video for his latest single, “Leave Your Lover”.

 

 

Smith will look to further introduce himself to mainstream America when he embarks on his biggest tour to date later this year. See the full tour schedule below.

Sam Smith 2014 Tour Dates:
05/30 – London, UK @ London Roundhouse
06/07 – Nottingham, UK @ Wooalton Park
06/08 – Manchester, UK @ The Parklife Weekender
06/13 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
06/26 – Norrkoping, SE @ Bravalla Flygfalt
07/04 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/11 – Lisbon, PT @ Optimus Alive! Festival
07/13 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/18 – London, UK @ Somerset House
07/19 – Marlay Park, UK @ Longitude Festival
07/27 – Byron Bay, AU @ Splendour in the Grass
08/08 – Haldren, DE @ Haldren Pop Festival
08/10 – Oxfordshire, UK @ Wilderness Festival
08/15 – Biddinhuizen, NL @ Lowlands Festival
08/16 – Stafford, UK @ V Festival
08/17 – Chelmsford, UK @ V Festival
09/04 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival
09/15 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
09/16 – Washington, DC @ Echostage
09/19 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
09/21 – Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
09/22 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
09/24 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre
09/25 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
09/26 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
09/28 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
10/03 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/04 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
10/06 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
10/07 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
10/09 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
10/10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/23 – Glasgow, UK @ ABC Academy
10/24 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
10/25 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
10/27 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy
10/28 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City
10/29 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
10/30 – Manchester, UK @ Albert Hall
11/03 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange
11/04 – Bristol, UK @ Colston Hall
11/06 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo
11/07 – London, UK @ Eventim Apollo

 

Hamilton Leithauser – Black hours (full album)

Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser

Hamilton Leithauser sounds worn-out and weary on Black Hours, his first solo record since his long-running band went on indefinite hiatus late last year. But of course, Leithauser has always sounded worn-out and weary: The guy’s still only in his mid-30s, and it’s already been a full decade since he , “When I used to go out, I’d know everyone I saw / Now I go out alone if I go out at all.” Leithauser has gotten a head start on middle age, lyrically speaking, and Black Hours finds him letting it catch up without losing his vitality in the process.

The singer largely tones down the briskly jangled rush of The Walkmen’s sound throughout Black Hours, as he steers many of its songs toward a slow-burning seethe that suits him well. But there’s still a looseness to the record that allows Leithauser to play around on new terrain: “I Retired,” in addition to having the most solo-debut-friendly title ever, even finds him delving into doo-wop halfway through. But Leithauser still hews to themes of aging and alienation — “I retired from my war / No one knows what I was fighting for / I don’t even know myself anymore” — in ways that make Black Hours sound like a natural sequel to The Walkmen’s work.

Recorded in collaboration with few likeminded all-stars — including Richard Swift, ‘s Rostam Batmanglij and The Walkmen’s Paul Maroon — Black Hours feels stately and hand-crafted, even as bits of vein-bulging intensity poke through. Co-written with Batmanglij, “Alexandra” even manages something approaching fizziness, a welcome new discovery for a singer who needn’t have worried so much about middle age after all.

New Band: Divus (Switzerland)

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Divus is a new instrumental band that released their debut album “Aureola” this year.  Divus bandmembers are very interested in getting feedback from you readers.  They would like to know  “what is going through your mind when you’re listening to their music?,  what bands have a similar sound?, and your opinion about the quality of their sound?  Please, feel free to leave  comments about what you truly think about this band.  They would love to hear from you.

Tourdates

19. September @ Café Carina, Wien, Austria

23. November @ Kulturwerk118, Sursee, Switzerland

More Dates coming soon.