Last month, Martha Wainwright announced her upcoming LP Love Will Be Reborn (August 20) and shared the first song and title track from the record, complete with a stunning video.
Trying something new and truly challenging herself on this single, Martha explains:
“‘Falaise de Malaise’ is a first for me! Not only is it in “Franglais” (a mix of English and French) but I’m actually playing the piano – which I don’t actually know how to do! I’ve been sitting at the piano for years trying to find a song for the simple piano part that my fingers could play. While doing this I thought, well might as well try writing in French too! I was able to tap into another version of myself – one that was dying to come out. I’ve always sung in French (Piaf record and various covers..) but this is the first time I’ve allowed myself to compose in it. I’ve always watched others move to the music at the 88 keys but this time I sat down to play them myself. What came out was “Falaise de Malaise” – a dreamlike romp through a mythological landscape.”
Like most records this year, Love Will Be Reborn was made during the global pandemic and recorded in Martha’s hometown of Montreal, in the basement of her brand-new cafe, Ursa which also served as a studio. She enlisted the help of Toronto musicians Thom Gill, Phil Melanson, Morgan Moore and Josh Cole to perform in her band, and producer Pierre Marchand, best-known for his collaborations with Sarah McLachlan producing some of her iconic 90s songs.
Marchand also has a familial connection to Wainwright, having produced Rufus’s second album Poses as well as Martha’s mother and aunt’s record, Heartbeats Accelerating. It was a record made after some time, much like Martha’s gap since 2016’s Goodnight City, and McGarrigle was the same age that Martha is now. It seems like a musical synergy only the late McGarrigle and Martha could have.
Martha will embark on an Autumn UK tour this year which includes a highly anticipated show at London’s Union Chapel on September 20th. Full list of dates below. Tickets on sale now from HERE:
Mon 20th LONDON, Union Chapel
Thurs 23rd FROME, Cheese and Grain
Fri 24th SHEFFIELD, Leadmill
Sat 25th BRIDPORT, Electric Palace
Sun 26th CARDIFF, Tramshed
Tues 28th CAMBRIDGE, Junction
Weds 29th BIRMINGHAM, Town Hall
Thurs 30th BEXHILL, De La Warr Pavillion
Fri 1st LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic Hall