Photograph by Dan Winters


February 13, 2014

Nonesuch Records announced today that Natalie's sixth studio album will be available May 6th, 2014. This self-titled and self-produced collection of songs is her first offering of completely original material in 13 years. It follows her double album anthology of 19th and 20th century poetry adapted to music Leave Your Sleep (2010) and The House Carpenter's Daughter (2003), an independently released selection of folk music. For this recording project, Natalie has returned to her core band of musicians augmented by strings, brass and woodwinds to create sparse to lush arrangements. The album represents over a decade of songwriting that she describes as, "taking the measure of lives lived by surveying the damage:  love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.” 

Natalie Merchant is available for pre-order at  Spring and summer tour dates will be announced soon.