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Mel Parsons has provided the first taste of her upcoming new album, which was recorded in Los Angeles with celebrated US producer Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Elvis Costello, Suzanne Vega).
‘I Got The Lonely’ is available on digital platforms today and boasts a bigger, fuller sound, courtesy of Froom and a classy collection of musicians, who include bassist Kaveh Rastegar (John Legend, Sia), guitarist Adam Levy (Norah Jones) and drummer Ted Poor (Andrew Bird); the producer himself plays keys.
“I had been wanting to work with Mitchell for a few years, and our schedules finally aligned this year when I was on tour in America,” says Parsons. “Mitchell and I had first been in touch back about working together back in 2015, but I’ve loved his work for a long time – he has produced some of my favourite albums.”
‘I Got The Lonely’ is inspired in part by the late Tom Petty, who Parsons had been listening a lot to at the time the song was written.
“The actual song has nothing to do with him really, but I guess it was inspired by him in some unconscious sense,” she says. “He had just passed away and I was going back through his catalogue and was blown away all over again. Something in his songwriting hits me in a very emotional way, and I guess that’s the feeling I am trying to emulate with ‘I Got the Lonely’.
A release date and title are still to be confirmed for the fourth studio album from Parsons, the follow-up to her award-winning 2015 album Drylands.