Mercury Rev debut ‘Louisiana Man’ with

Earlier this year, Mercury Rev released the much adored track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 overlooked masterwork ‘The Delta Sweete’. The album featured an unmatched roster of female vocals from Susanne Sundfør, 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. 

Today, Mercury Rev are pleased to announce a limited 7” vinyl featuring a brand new cover of Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Louisiana Man’ with vocals from Erika Wennerstrom, which is available to stream now. Of the collaboration, Wennerstrom says, “I grew up listening to Bobbie Gentry. I realized while working on this project just how much she has influenced the way I developed my voice and song writing over the years. Whenever Ode to Billie Joe came on the radio my mom and I would sing every word. I’ve been a big fan of Mercury Rev for a long time as well. I’m thrilled and honored to be a part of this project.”

Pre-order your copy of the limited edition 7” vinyl HERE, due for release 8th November exclusively via the Bella Union store .

Critical acclaim for The Delta Sweete Revisited, out now on Bella Union

“A stunning collection, resting on a sumptuous cushion of hazy, echoing sounds… A treasure.” Evening Standard – 5 stars *****

“An audacious remake of Bobbie Gentry’s masterpiece, here rebooted with tender opulence, affectionate awe, and full commitment to a widescreen, almost transcendental experience… All the women here rise to the occasion, audibly honoured to salute Gentry.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“Laetitia Sadier’s delicate reading of Mornin Glory and Hope Sandoval’s reimagining of Big Boss Man are highlights, but there isn’t really a wrong turn anywhere… A gem of an album.” Sunday Times (Album of the Week)

“A beautiful suite of music that guides a new generation to one of the great lost albums of the 1960s.” The Times – 4 stars ****

“Mercury Rev, antennae always twitching to big–sky Americana, redirect attention to the record’s soulful crosscurrents with this celebration… A grand tribute.” Q

“The stately arrangements subtly embellish the sultry originals… A classic.” The Observer – 4 stars ****

“Gentry’s country–soul masterpiece has been remoulded with orchestral nuance and a healthy dose of the Rev’s innate dreaminess.” Record Collector – 4 stars ****

“Full marks to Mercury Rev for corralling an impressive array of female vocalists to revive the daring and dreamy swamp masterpiece… A quality, deeply–felt labour of love.” The Mirror – 4 stars ****

“Sumptuous arrangements and fabulous performances from Margo Price, Susanne Sundfør and Beth Orton.” The Guardian

“They handle this suite of vignettes with care, kicking off with the soothing tones of Norah Jones followed by the sultry sound of Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval.” The i Paper – 4 stars ****

“Mercury Rev bring woozy psychedelia covering her second and finest album, employing fine female singers to achieve their vision.” The Sun – 4 stars ****

“Mercury Rev have reimagined Gentry’s country–soul classic beautifully… Gorgeous and intuitive singing by Norah Jones, Hope Sandoval and Margo Price make their respective tracks the record’s highlights, each bringing a distinct point of view and vivid energy to the new arrangements.” Uncut

“Mercury Rev lend the songs a fresh vitality, replacing the swamp–blues and country–soul of the originals by framing Gentry’s vivid storytelling with haunting atmospherics and melodic strings.” Daily Mail – 4 stars ****

“An inspired move, giving Bobbie’s songs a dense, spookily atmospheric makeover.” Shindig – 4 Stars ****

“An esoteric choice but fuelled by Gentry’s wonderful songs and a remarkable array of guest singers.” Mail On Sunday – 4 stars ****

Mercury Rev + Susanne Sundfør share “Tobacco Road”

Mercury Rev have shared their interpretation of Bobbie Gentry’s “Tobacco Road”, with featured vocalist and label mate Susanne Sundfør. The track is taken from the upcoming album The Delta Sweete Revisited – their track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 overlooked masterwork ‘The Delta Sweete.’ Speaking of the collaboration, Sundfør expressed the following… “The song and album are dark, mysterious, different, a sound I haven’t heard before. The Southern Gothic speaks to me and my Scandinavian dark heart, and I think Mercury Rev have done a fantastic job at sticking to the vibe of the original, but adding new life and beauty to their take on it. I’m really happy to be a part of the album.” Premiered today on Clash, you can now listen below…

The Delta Sweete Revisited is out 8th February via Bella Union (Partisan Records in the US). In addition to Susanne Sundfør, 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 and Norah Jones share “Okolona River Bottom Band”

Mercury Rev have shared the opening track from The Delta Sweete Revisited – their track-by-track resurrection of Bobbie Gentry’s 1968 overlooked masterwork ‘The Delta Sweete.’ Norah Jones provides vocals for a swelling, psychedelic jazz version of “Okolona River Bottom Band.” Listen below (or via Nylon)…

Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue says of the track: “While sipping concoctions from a coffee cup labeled ‘Near Enough,’ a brilliant mind once theorised that in any large enough system, even the most improbable event will occur. So, like bats in the moonlight, we pinged our sound out there and waited to see what bounced back…and then, much to our surprise what came back was Norah Jones singing the daylights out of our lil’ pocket fantasia version of Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Okolona River Bottom Band’. Theorem proved.”    

The Delta Sweete Revisited is out 8th February via Bella Union (Partisan Records in the US). In addition to Norah Jones, 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 and Hope Sandoval share “Big Boss Man”

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.