Singer-songwriter supreme Rufus Wainwright has announced the release of his long awaited new album “UNFOLLOW THE RULES”, his ninth studio LP and first new pop album since 2012
Inspired by middle age, married life, fatherhood, friends, loss, London, and Laurel Canyon, songs like “Only The People That Love” and the spirited, symphonic “Hatred” find the gifted singer-songwriter ready to tackle new challenges, yet compelled to confront his past by making sense of how he has grown both as a musician and the contended family man he has become.
“What I would like this album to symbolize is a coming together of all the aspects of my life which have made me a seasoned artist,” says Wainwright. “My aim is to emulate the greats of yore whose second acts produced their finest work – Leonard Cohen when he made THE FUTURE, when Sinatra became Sinatra in his 40s, when Paul Simon put out GRACELAND. Pop music isn’t always about your waistline. Many songwriters improve with age. I’m flying the flag for staying alive!”
Due to be released April 24th on BMG, The announcement is heralded by today’s premiere of “Damsel in Distress“, which can be watched below.
Speaking about “Damsel in Distress”, Wainright gave an inside look on the track’s creation.
“’Damsel In Distress’ is an homage to Joni Mitchell in some ways,” says Wainwright, “particularly the structure. My husband and I now live in Laurel Canyon. I wasn’t that familiar with Joni’s music but Jörn became obsessed and took me on a journey into her music. We ended up hanging out with her and I get now why she’s one of the greats. So it’s part Laurel Canyon, part a song about a personal relationship that I’m trying to come to terms with, but mostly my Mitchell virginity being broken.”
Rufus will also be playing the following UK and Irish Dates.
Fri 24th LONDON, Islington Assembly Hall (two shows)
Sat 1st GLASGOW, Kelvingrove Park
Sun 2nd IRELAND, CO WATERFORD, All Together Now
More on Rufus, UNFOLLOW THE RULES and his journey across the UK and Irish Tour dates can be found his social’s below.