“Six chambers, six songs, one bullet, no wrongs.” -- Ed Harcourt
The six incredible tracks found on UK songwriter Ed Harcourt's new EP, 'Russian Roulette', are as personal as they come. Each song recounts the many emotions and thoughts he's experienced, embracing both the high and low times one endures.
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The track "Caterpillar" points to a particularly intense and emotional moment in Harcourt’s life when earlier this year, his newborn daughter Roxy had been placed in an incubator, deeply worrying both Harcourt and his wife as they sat idle, waiting for their Roxy to recover. Describing the song and experience, Harcourt goes on to say, "It's the first song I've written about her. She was a little ill and we waited for her in the hospital for the chrysalis so we could take her home."
In true Harcourt style, the man behind the music goes on to describe the sentiments behind a few of the other tracks on 'Russian Roulette'...
About "Russian Roulette"
"We've all got that one acquaintance who acts out of their league, it's a constant pain. But you still love them.. Every f***ing singer is that typical molotov cocktail of insecurity and arrogance. It's no excuse unless you can back it up."
About "Sour Milk/Motheaten Silk"
"Other peoples' spontaneity keeps you sharp. Sour Milk et all are those rotten things that plague your fridge and cupboard and then some. Sometimes I like that. I guess a lot of my music is inspired by Cypress Hill and Japanese children's shows."
Harcourt entertained the idea of a 6-track “mini album” to serve as a stop-gap between his 2006 full-length 'A Beautiful Lie' and a forthcoming full-length due next year.
He recorded and mixed the 'Russian Roulette' EP in just the span of a few days with London based Dave Lynch, and went on to say, “Dave is a very lovely man and extremely brilliant at what he does - he’s a miracle worker.”
'Russian Roulette' will be available through all online retailers on May 5, 2009 via Dovecote Records.
1. Russian Roulette
2. Sour Milk, Motheaten Silk
3. Black Feathers
5. Creep Out Of The Woodwork
6. Girl With The One Track Mind
Attendees of last week's SXSW Music festival were treated to THREE sold out Ed Harcourt shows including a live performance for Direct TV's Blaze TV.
Ed Harcourt will return to the US for some select shows in May and June.