Having just begun their UK tour, the remaining dates of which are below, Mercury Rev have today shared a new track from The Delta Sweete Revisited – their track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 long-overlooked masterwork, “The Delta Sweete”. Hope Sandoval provides vocals to Mercury Rev’s arrangements on “Big Boss Man”, the album’s sensual, proto–feminist highlight. Of the track Sandoval says, “Well, the only boss man in my life is my cat Herman so this song was a bit tricky for me but I am so honoured to have been asked to be a part of this amazing group of women paying tribute to such an inspirational artist. I’ve always been a fan of Mercury Rev and Bobbie Gentry, so needless to say I am over the moon to be a part of this project.”
The Delta Sweete Revisited is out 8th February via Bella Union (Partisan Records in the US). In addition to Sandoval, Mercury Rev are backed on vocals by an unmatched roster of women across a range of genres: Norah Jones, Margo Price, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucinda Williams, Vashti Bunyan, Rachel Goswell (Slowdive), Susanne Sundfør, Lætitia Sadier (Stereolab), Marissa Nadler, Kaela Sinclair (M83) and more.
Originally released at the height of Gentry’s superstardom following her #1 smash “Ode To Billie Joe,” ‘The Delta Sweete’ is an unrestrained statement of empowerment that dips into everything from swamp-rock, R&B-style horns, and orchestral arrangements.‘The Delta Sweete Revisited’is Mercury Rev’s committed and affectionate resurrection of an album that anticipated by three decades their own pivotal expedition through transcendental America, 1998’s ‘Deserter’s Songs.’ Not unlike ‘The Delta Sweete,’ that record merged jazz, folk, and rock with Disney soundtrack fantasia, and heralded Mercury Rev’s rebirth as purveyors of a unique brand of the popular American songbook.
Mercury Rev are currently three dates into a UK tour celebrating the 20th anniversary of their classic album Deserter’s Songs.