2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the recording career of Marianne Faithfull. Five decades from that 1964 party in London, where she was spotted by The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham at age 17, Faithfull is returning back to the stage. Give My Love To London, Faithfull’s forthcoming album, will be released on November 11th, 2014 on Easy Sound Recordings. Produced by Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovoi and mixed by Flood, it features an impressive roll call of studio collaborators including Adrian Utley (Portishead), Brian Eno, Ed Harcourt and Warren Ellis & Jim Sclavunos (The Bad Seeds). Songwriting contributors and coconspirators–with Faithfull penning the majority of the lyrics –include Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Steve Earle, and Anna Calvi.
A characteristically far-reaching and eclectic offering, Give My Love To London is an album of emotional extremes. In both the Roger Waters-penned “Sparrows Will Sing” and “Mother Wolf,” Faithfull rails against humankind and the state of the world in the early 21st Century; the latter song having been inspired by ‘Women Who Run With Wolves’ and a re-reading of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book.
“It’s the idea of Mother Wolf with the cub in her mouth,” says Faithfull. “The wolf council where you just see their eyes, like a thousand stars. I am angry about what’s happened to the world. I get more and more furious all the time.” On the opposite end of the spectrum, other tracks on Give My Love To London are more introspective, with the cinematic orchestral pop of “Falling Back” finding Faithfull examining the joyful powers of love. The same subject is viewed from a different angle in the delicate folk stylings of the gently melancholic “Love More Or Less” written in collaboration with Tom McRae.
Be on the look out for the album out on November 11th!