New York-based singer/songwriter Jay Brannan returns with sophomore full-length album Rob Me Blind on March 27, 2012. Jay released his critically lauded debut album goddamned in 2008, but first gained attention with his role in John Cameron Mitchell’s 2006 indie film Shortbus, where he performed his original song, “Soda Shop.”
For his sophomore effort, Jay teams up with Grammy-winning producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles), who brings instrumental textures to Jay’s songwriting, hinting at a slightly new direction for the minimalist artist while maintaining the signature qualities of a Jay Brannan album: brutal honesty, sharp wit, and sparkling melodies. Lyrically, the album follows the singer through states of loneliness, anger, rejection, and yearning, while somehow offering a glimpse of hope and self-acceptance.
The first single from the 10-track album, “Beautifully” (out now in iTunes), showcases Jay’s talent for storytelling as he recounts the saga of someone falling for a close friend whose attraction lies only in the realm of the platonic. A new video for the track (directed by Grant Carden & Dillon Magrann-Wells) premiered yesterday on NYMag.com (here).
Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan announced more N. American tour dates this week, hitting cities he missed on the initial leg of his "I Suck At Life Tour 2009" in July. The new dates include three shows across Canada, as well as stops in Nashville, Miami, Denver and more. Brannan's latest release, In Living Cover--which debuted at #10 on Billboard's Heatseekers Chart in July--includes covers from the likes of The Verve Pipe, The Cranberries, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Jann Arden, as well as 2 original tracks.
Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan made his first appearance on ABC News Now "What's The Buzz" yesterday afternoon to promote his latest album In Living Cover, out now. The mostly covers album was #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart for over a week and peaked at #36 on the iTunes Overall Albums Chart, leading to a Billboard Heatseakers Chart debut at #10.
Jay plays his final show of a nearly completely sold-out run of July dates tonight in Boston at the Paradise Rock Club.
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