Acclaimed singer, songwriter, and musician Rachael Yamagata will release her fourth album, entitled Tightrope Walker, on September 23rd via Frankenfish Records/Thirty Tigers. The album will be available for pre-order tomorrow, July 22nd, from all major DSPs. Those who preorder the album will receive the album’s lead single “Nobody” as an instant grat download.
With its themes of perseverance, relentless, and owning your own power, Tightrope Walker (Yamagata’s first album since 2011’s Chesapeake), represents an artistic rebirth both lyrically and sonically for the Woodstock, NY-based artist. “When [French high-wire artist] Philippe Petit was asked why he walked the tightrope he responded, ‘Why – there is no why.’ This really f–d me up,” Yamagata says. I was devoting an entire theme of the tightrope walker to my new record: defending the weary spirit and empowering the underdog while using the high wire artist as a symbol of how to get through, but it hadn’t yet occurred to me to contemplate the why of getting through or the why of even my own art. Beyond that, why continue in an industry that I’d not yet conquered or pursue this when you have to give up so much to do so? Something propels our survival and search for happiness and it’s this desire to overcome what threatens to break us that continues to fascinate me. If you’re thinking of quitting – anything – this is your record,” she says.