Alison May readies haunting ‘Loved/Dark’ LP for new 7/29 release date on Misery Loves Co.

By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Thursday, June 12, 2014

Folk singer/songwriter Alison May will release her new album Loved/Dark on July 29th via Misery Loves Co. She has released the first single from the album “Raft,” which can be streamed below. It’s a song that sucked me in almost instantly and I’ve already streamed it several times today. May is currently touring in the U.S. in a mix of venues and DIY houses, check out the full list of dates below.

Alison May is a folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since relocating from Texas in 2012. Her change of scenery seemed to awaken a more layered and experimental side, which is carefully captured in her sophomore release, Loved/Dark. The album is set for an updated July 29th release date on Misery Loves Co., and the first window into the album is captured in the first single “Raft,” available now via Soundcloud. A run of June tour dates, at a mix of venues and DIY houses, have been announced and can be seen below.

Her home town of Waxahachie was about an hour’s drive from anywhere. This meant she spent a lot of time in the car with her father, listening to artists like Jackson Browne, Nick Drake and Tracy Chapman. She was only a drummer at the time, but songs like Telling Stories, Pink Moon and The Pretender made Alison want to wander out of the rhythm section. This desire bred Alison into not only a singer/songwriter, but a recording artist who would play almost every instrument for her albums, creating an exact replication of her imagined arrangements.

Alison started tracking without any prepared arrangements and instead opted to let each track speak through experimentation. Ultimatley she found the right instrumentations, making Loved/Dark the result of patient layering and wild guesses as to what would fulfill the potential of each song. The album includes guests George Weber (vibraphone), whose mysterious bowing techniques are notable in both “Raft” and other album cut “My Own Good.” Alison’s debut album, Earnest Keep, worked without any bass parts but, Loved/Dark needed a touch of girth from the presence and playing of Michael Jude. The patience of producer/engineer Jeff Price (ex-Mornin’ Old Sport) was perhaps the greatest contribution to the record, rolling with the punches and staying in the moments of additions, subtractions or reversed decisions throughout the process.

In 2013, Alison promoted the release of her first album, Earnest Keep, with two regional tours through the south and midwest, one of which was by way of an Amtrak train. In between tours, Alison was in the snowy masses of Carbondale, Colorado, tracking Loved/Dark, which she plans to support with a national tour this summer, with an additional run of shows in the U.K.

Loved/Dark is a reflection of Alison’s ability to not only grow as a songwriter and performer, but also as a storyteller and explorer.
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ALISON MAY TOUR DATES:
6/12 – Alamosa, CO – Milagros Coffee House, 10 AM – 1 PM (repeat event)
6/13 – Albuquerque, NM – DIY House – Wagon Wheel
6/14 – Albuquerque, NM – Blackbird Buvette – 7 PM
6/15 – Oklahoma City, OK – House Show
6/20 – Fort Worth, TX – House Show
6/23 – Austin, TX – Snack Bar
6/24 – Austin, TX – Cheer Up Charlie’s
6/26 – Austin, TX – Tom’s Tabooley
7/29 – Oakland, CA – TBD
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Alison May
Loved/Dark
Out July 29th on Misery Loves Co.

Tracklist:
Not Pictured, but Present
My Own Good
Helen
On Going
Bad Timing
Ophelia
Jon
Misplaced
Loved/Dark
Raft
The Fountain
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