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Thursday 28 January 2010

Tom McRae Spells Out His Alphabet of Hurricanes @ Concorde 2

British singer-songwriter Tom McRae has been quietly moving up the ranks of the most respected songwriters after releasing four critically acclaimed studio albums over the last nine years.
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Now, after a year away from touring, during which Tom moved back to London from Brooklyn, he is about to release his fifth studio album.

The Alphabet of Hurricanes is an album in two parts, with a second volume to follow in late 2010.

It is McRae's most ambitious album to date, recorded over three years in studios, hotel rooms, and backstage both in the US and UK.

Having set up his own studio, Gunpoint, in East London, McRae has been taking charge of the production once again, with his haunting melodies and poetic lyrics given a new sonic palette in an eclectic selection of powerful songs.

Tom will tour the new album with a full band, and - as his fans can attest - for an artist working in a genre often considered by the music press to be "sensitive and self-indulgent" he can take the roof off a venue with his passionate performances, as well as forging a strong humorous bond with his audience.

His eponymous debut album in 2000 was nominated for a Mercury Prize, Q Magazine Award, and a Brit, and the subsequent two years of touring cemented his reputation as one the most entertaining and powerful artists touring today.

Just Like Blood, his second album was released to wide acclaim, especially in America, where every track was licensed for tv and film use, his style of music fitting perfectly the more darker output of LA"s film studios.

In 2004 McRae moved to LA, and while making his third album, All Maps Welcome, began playing regularly at The Hotel Café venue in Hollywood.

The connection McRae made with fellow musicians led to the Hotel Café Tour, a travelling revue show featuring dozens of artists, which annually tours the USA coast to coast, as well as occasional forays into Europe.

The tour is something of a phenomenon in the states, providing a forum for new talent that may otherwise be unable to reach a live audience on such a scale.

After signing to V2 in 2006, the following year McRae released King Of Cards, a more upbeat offering than previous albums.

The demise of the label during the promotion phase didn"t diminish Tom"s enthusiasm for the fight, and he toured the album twice that year, proving a huge hit at festivals across Europe, recruiting more fans everywhere he went,

The Alphabet of Hurricanes tour and album and look set to further add to the cult that is rapidly springing up around this talented and dedicated artist.


Tom McRae plays Concorde 2 on Saturday 6th March. See www.concorde2.co.uk for more information.


by: Mike Cobley



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