Posted on 13. Sep, 2014 by admin.
The London Evening Standard has published some quotes from Damien in this article about the new album.
“I was playing the biggest venues I’d ever played, and everything was quote-unquote perfect. And everything sort of crumbled and fell apart at that moment,” he says. “I became really unhappy, and so that went spiralling down, down, down, where I got to this place where I had everything I thought I wanted and I still wasn’t happy. That felt very, I guess, disheartening. So I kind of crashed.”
“The reason why it took me so long to record this record was because I kept on starting it and quitting it and starting it and quitting it, so I got nowhere. Everything I’d do I would criticise,” he says.
“I met with my management in London and they said to me, ‘Do you ever want to make another record?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I think I need help, someone who can inspire me to be better’. I said the only person who came to mind was Rick Rubin. But I knew very little about him. All I knew is that he meditated, he had a big beard and that some people called him a guru.”
“I sat for a minute and I imagined myself with one more hour on the planet. And I noticed that I didn’t care about whether I had sold more records, or less records,” he says. “What was most important to me in that moment was wanting to shed whatever mask I’d been wearing so that I could at least be myself in the world, instead of some version of myself that I thought was appropriate.”
It also includes some quotes from Rick Rubin, who produced the album:
“I think he was torn. Part of him wanted to be free to express himself and part of him seemed to be stopping the process,” Rubin says of Rice’s working methods. The producer, who has worked on endless classic albums from the Eighties hip hop of Run DMC to Johnny Cash’s American series and Adele’s album 21, is known for his hands-off approach. “It took a series of personal breakthroughs for Damien to feel comfortable enough to want to put out new music and all the stress associated with it. He is a highly sensitive artist and man.”
Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by admin.
While “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” was aired tonight by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, it looks like Damien’s first single will be “I Don’t Want to Change You”, which Zane Lowe will also debut on 23 September.
Speaking about the 8-year gap between album releases, Damien says in a press release, “Sometimes you have to step away from what you love in order to learn how to love it again.”
There’s also confirmation tonight that the new album is produced by Rick Rubin.
“I came to Rick mostly based on what I didn’t know about him, rather than what I did,” adding “for some reason I just had a feeling that I would feel comfortable being open and being me and being vulnerable with Rick.”
Posted on 08. Sep, 2014 by admin.
Zane Lowe just played the title track from Damien’s new album, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”, for the first time on BBC Radio 1, saying:
“So astounding, so stunning, we had to start the week with it…”
Note: this track is available on iTunes from midnight (EST) tonight when you pre-order the album from iTunes.
Today, it was also officially confirmed that the new album will go on sale from 31 October.
Listen back to the Zane Lowe show tonight from here.
And here’s a video excerpt:
Posted on 04. Sep, 2014 by admin.
Good news! Damien’s new album, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”, will go on sale on 31 October.
The tracklist reported by Amazon is:
1. My Favourite Faded Fantasy
2. It Takes A Lot To Know A Man
3. The Greatest Bastard
4. I Don’t Want To Change You
5. Colour Me In
6. The Box
7. Trusty And True
8. Long Long Way
Note that the image posted by DamienRice.com includes the following other track titles:
Update: This tweet from George Ergatoudis (Head of Music at BBC Radio 1) may suggest that the first single will be “The Greatest Bastard”.
Posted on 11. Jul, 2014 by admin.
Josh Radnor, who played Ted on How I Met Your Mother, has written about his memories of falling in love with Damien’s album “O”.
You can read the full article here, but here’s an excerpt:
How to describe that initial encounter? It was certainly a stop-what-you’re-doing moment, and that’s exactly what I did. I looked up from—oh, I don’t know, the coffee maker, the New York Times, my audition sides—and thought: “This… is the most beautiful thing I’ve ever heard.” A sad Irish troubadour’s exquisite songs of romantic heartache and pain, how he’d wronged and been wronged, delivered in a startlingly pure, achingly sincere, and elastic voice. It called something forward in me, some heartbroken essential thing. I furiously scribbled down the name: Damien Rice. I needed this music in my life. A quick internet search and a few record store visits (remember those?) revealed that it was available exactly nowhere, its domestic release not scheduled until the following year.
Posted on 26. May, 2014 by admin.
According to this article, Damien has contributed a song to a new animated film by Salma Hayek called The Prophet, which is due for release later in the year.
Thanks to Desiderata for the link!
Posted on 14. May, 2014 by admin.
Last night, Damien played his first full show in Dublin for many years. The gig lasted for two and a half hours.
And Damien confirmed that a new album will be coming in the autumn.
Here’s a feature on Irish radio this morning, which includes an interview with Damien’s proud granny!
Read some fan reviews in the Igloo.
And here’s a full set-list, thanks to Chrysler:
03: Woman Like A Man
04: 9 Crimes
06: The Box
07: Amie > Sex Change
08: The Professor & La Fille Danse
10: The Greatest Bastard
11: Coconut Skins
12: Rootless Tree
13: Cold Water
16: Long Way To The Top
17: Black is the Colour
18: I Remember
19: The Blowers Daughter
Posted on 08. May, 2014 by admin.
Damien will be performing at Whelans in Dublin on 13 May as part of Whelans’ 25th anniversary celebrations.
The 300 tickets sold out within 60 seconds of going on sale this morning.
Posted on 11. Mar, 2014 by admin.
Damien’s official site has announced two concerts for this summer:
- 17 May – Seoul Jazz Festival, Seoul, Korea (tickets here)
- 23 Aug – Winterthurer Musikfestwochen, Winterthur, Switzerland (tickets here)
Posted on 23. Feb, 2014 by admin.
On 20 February, Damien performed a couple of tracks at Festival di Sanremo in Italy, which was broadcast live on Italian television.
Damien performed Cannonball and The Blower’s Daughter.
Here’s the video!