Arriving in the UK next week to perform at Matthew E White’s Spacebomb night at the Barbican, Karl Blau has just shared “Poor The War Away”, another highlight from his upcoming album “Out Her Space”, released 17th November on Bella Union. Of the track Blau says: “This song is about pointing out Captain Obvious. War is a game for the wealthy and the uneducated, yet it involves the entire world. So many things to pay attention to right now, and we are far from starving this beast of fabricated hate, and though I may preach to the choir mostly here – let’s keep a positive mantra on our minds that we can create the means to change. We can change our minds and reframe our reality. And, yes, you can dance The Macarena to “Poor the War Away.” Listen now below…
Sequestered away in rural bliss, 90 minutes north of Seattle on the Washington state coast, Karl Blau has been making records for 20 years, but never with European distribution. So, when Bella Union released Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it shone a belated and deserved light on “one of the great hidden treasures of music,” claimed album producer Tucker Martine. But given Introducing’s specific agenda – a set of gorgeous, lush cover versions drawing mostly on vintage Nashville’s country-soul with Blau concentrating on his rich, reverberating voice, his latest album Out Her Space is so different that it could be titled Reintroducing Karl Blau.
Out Her Space, released 17th November on Bella Union, features all Blau’s own material, production and multi-instrumental skills, and forges a gorgeous, languid and hook-infested gumbo of soul, funk, some jazzy blowing and Afro-pop, to arrive somewhere else entirely.
Karl Blau has announced a number of European shows to follow release including the below four UK shows. He will also take part in what is sure to be a very special evening at the Barbican for the Spacebomb Revue, an evening hosted by Matthew E. White. Dates + live info below:
Friday 7th October – LONDON – Barbican (Spacebomb Revue Show)
Thursday 30th November – LONDON – Borderline
Friday 1st December – MANCHESTER – Low Four @ Old Granada Studio
Saturday 2nd December – GLASGOW – Stereo
Sunday 3rd December – LEEDS – Brudenell Social Club