New album “Are’s & Els” featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra to be released June 5th.
Michael Gerard Levasseur of Michael The Blind. Photo Credit: Rachael Renee’ Levasseur.
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“Sympathies” is the latest single and video from the upcoming Michael The Blind album “Are’s & Els”
“Michael’s songs create a rare phenomenon. …this cavernous space feels almost too intimate.” – Willamette Week (Portland, OR)
“...the velocity of punk rock with mellifluous traditional folk instrumentation... ... one of Portland’s most exceptional musicians.” – Portland Mercury
My Old Kentucky Blog has exclusively premiered the video for the new single “Sympathies” by Portland, Oregon-based singer-songwriter Michael Gerard Levasseur aka Michael The Blind at http://www.myoldkentuckyblog.com/?p=29624.
The clip was shot a mere 12 days ago in New York by director Dominic DeJoseph (REM, Dandy Warhols, The Stills) at a new private writers and artists club called The Oracle. The cast of “Sympathies” includes local New York-based artists, comedians and musicians including photographer Kelsey Bennett and her sister, actor Remy Bennett, both of whom happen to be granddaughters of singer Tony Bennett.
Of the clip’s stark imagery, DeJoseph says, “The image of Michael lying on his back singing while others lie down next to him occurred to me as the choral section came in the first time I heard the song. I didn’t want to see an actual chorus singing, but this image seemed to create a similar effect of togetherness.”
According to Levasseur, “Sympathies” was written as an attempt at illustrating the plasticity of the relationships we have with the objects that make up our personal environment. The “things that we adore” referred to in the song point to our obsessions with cultural icons (t-shirts of Ché, postcards with radioactivity symbols, stock footage of the A-bomb, etc.), as well as old love letters, sentimental jewelry or other near and dear objects that we use as a touchstones in our personal narrative.
Levasseur explains, “I think this idea has fascinated me for a long time and the ways in which it affects my own relationships with the objects and people that I choose to surround myself with are thoroughly pervasive yet difficult to pin down.”
Michael The Blind’s latest album Are’s & Els will be released by Alder Street Records on June 5th. Michael Gerard Levasseur is available for interviews. Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic for more information.
Michael The Blind
Are’s & Els
(Alder Street Records, June 5th, 2012)
03. Can’t Stay
04. Metaphor Life
06. Who Is She?
07. Just Life A Song
08. Depth Perception
09. All & More
10. Have It Out
11. My Regards
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Contact Josh Bloom at Fanatic Promotion