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Mykki Blanco Announces New Album 'Stay Close To Music', Posts Lead Single French Lessons

Tuesday, 12 July 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Mykki Blanco has announced their new album.

'Stay Close To Music', the follow-up to 2021's 'Broken Hearts & Beauty Sleep', is set for release on October 14 via Transgressive.

To accompany the news, they've shared the lead single French Lessons, an alt-pop song that shifts between vulnerable yet powerful vocals from Kelsey Lu and sermon-style spoken word from Blanco. It comes with a striking Felix Kalmenson-directed video. Blanco said:

"The song is a reflection on the possibility of true love, on the notion that one truly can experience what we see in the Hollywood films. The song is also this ode in a way to Lou Reed. I'm not what I would consider a singer at all, I’m a talk singer so I look to people in history who have that same style: Tom Petty, Jonathan Richmond of the Modern Lovers, Lou Reed - these are all AMAZING ‘talk singers’ and I feel comfortable in that style vocally. The song was originally composed by FaltyDL and it encapsulated so much sonically of what I was trying to articulate with my own music. FaltyDL has a way of touching on the spiritual subtleties of life. He is able somehow to create mystery out of banality, to create tranquility and fill a room with zen-like vibrations, something unnameable and yet so familiar a feeling."

"Kelsey Lu, I'm sure will go on to become one of the legendary artists of my generation," they added. "A classically trained virtuoso with a voice that sounds ancient like a bell ringing for the first time, like something out of a Greek odyssey. I have been a long-time super fan of Kelseys and collaborating with her on this song has been a very special moment for myself and FaltyDL."

The record will also include the early singles Your Love Was A Gift and Family Ties, as well as guest spots from R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe, Sigur Rós' Jónsi, Devendra Banhart, and more. Head below to view the full tracklist, along with the cover art by Frank Dorrey.

Blanco will kick off their headline European tour in late October. It will include stops in London, Britstol, Dublin, Glasgow, Newcastle and Manchester. Tickets go on sale at 10am on July 14 or July 15, depending on the venue. Find your city here.

'Stay Close To Music' tracklist:

1. Pink Diamond Bezel
2. Steps (featuring Saul Williams and MNEK)
3. French Lessons (featuring ANOHNI and Kelsey Lu)
4. Ketamine (featuring Slug Christ)
5. Your Love Was A Gift (featuring Diana Gordon)
6. Family Ties (featuring Michael Stipe)
7. Your Feminism Is Not My Feminism (featuring Ah-Mer-Ah-Su)
8. Lucky
9. Interlude
10. Trust A Little Bit
11. You Will Find It (featuring Devendra Banhart)
12. Carry On (featuring Jónsi)
13. French Lessons [Single Version] (featuring Kelsey Lu)

Mykki Blanco Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Tue October 25 2022 - PARIS Petit Bain (France)
Wed October 26 2022 - BRUSSELS Atelier 210 (Belgium)
Thu October 27 2022 - AMSTERDAM Bitterzoet (Netherlands)
Sat October 29 2022 - HAMBURG Kampnagel (Germany)
Tue November 01 2022 - COPENHAGEN Loppen (Denmark)
Wed November 02 2022 - BERLIN GRETCHEN (Germany)
Sun November 06 2022 - PRAGUE Meet Factory (Czech Republic)
Mon November 07 2022 - HEIDELBERG Kulturhaus Karlstorbahnhof (Germany)
Tue November 08 2022 - ZURICH Rote Fabrik (Switzerland)
Sat November 12 2022 - FRANKFURT Mousonturm (Germany)
Mon November 14 2022 - COLOGNE CBE (Germany)
Mon November 21 2022 - BARCELONA La Nau (Spain)
Tue November 22 2022 - MADRID La Casa Encendida (Spain)
Wed November 23 2022 - LISBON Music Box (Portugal)

Tue November 29 2022 - LONDON Heaven
Fri December 02 2022 - BRISTOL Trinity
Sat December 03 2022 - DUBLIN Mother @ Lost Lane
Sun December 04 2022 - GLASGOW Garage (G2)
Mon December 05 2022 - NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE Cluny
Tue December 06 2022 - MANCHESTER YES (The Pink Room)

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