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NORAH JONES TO RELEASE CHASING PIRATES;
FIRST SINGLE FROM HER NEW ALBUM THE FALL TO BE MADE AVAILABLE DIGITALLY ON OCT. 13
On October 13, EMIs Blue Note Records will release Chasing Pirates, the lead single from
Chasing Pirateswhich is currently featured on Rolling Stones Hot Listimmediately announces a new direction for Jones. “For this record, I just had a sound in my head,” she says. “I wanted the grooves to be more present and heavy. And I also just wanted to do something different.”
That new sound began to present itself on one of the first songs Jones wrote for the project. “About a year ago, I did some demos in my home studio,” she says. “I had some friends come in and we figured out a cool arrangement for ‘Chasing Pirates,’ with a cool drum part. It went somewhere I didn’t expect it to go, and that became a direction to look in.”
Norah Jones could have kept recording iterations of Come Away With Me for decades, Newsweek wrote recently on their Pop Vox blog. Clearly, that’s not what she’s doing. The gradual shifts away from that oversize debut have worked so far, and The Fall is an even bigger step away, and a step up in what is still the beginning of a big career.
The first single, Chasing Pirates, is a head-bobbing, compact little song whose catchy hook could put Jones on radio stations that may have spun her only rarely before. She sings, I don’t know how to slow it down/My mind’s racing from chasing pirates, and as wistful as the lyric sounds, what Jones has done with the new record is indeed another departure. Only this time she’s heading down a louder, dusted-up rock path.
The Fall finds Jones experimenting with a new set of collaborators, including Jacquire King, a noted producer and engineer who has worked with Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, and Modest Mouse among others. Jones enlisted several songwriting collaborators, including Ryan Adams and