â€˜The Houseâ€™ is Katie Meluaâ€™s new, and fourth, album and sees the 25 year old drawing from a broad pool of inspiration to write and record an album that is both musically adventurous and lyrically expressive.
Whilst Katieâ€™s previous three albums, â€˜Call Off The Searchâ€™, â€˜Piece By Pieceâ€™ and â€˜Picturesâ€™, established her as an extraordinarily gifted vocalist â€“ after her concert at Londonâ€™s O2 Arena The Times wrote â€œher voice is rarely short of astoundingâ€ – â€˜The Houseâ€™ reveals an artistâ€™s desire to evolve and explore.
The record is produced by William Orbit, who came out of his self-imposed retirement as a producer to work with Katie.
Famed for her ballads Katie does not disappoint with the delicacy of â€˜Red Balloonsâ€™, wounded intrigue of â€˜Iâ€™d Love To Kill Youâ€™, definitive love of â€˜No Fear Of Heightsâ€™ and tragic betrayal of the title track. And Katieâ€™s interpretation of â€˜The One I Love Is Goneâ€™, written by â€œthe father of bluegrassâ€ Bill Monroe, is simply stunning.
It is, perhaps, on the more up-tempo songs that Katieâ€™s exciting creative trajectory is most apparent. â€˜Tiny Alienâ€™â€™s charming off-kilter folk and the warped electro rock of â€˜God On The Drums, Devil On The Bassâ€™ sit alongside the intoxicating brightness of â€˜A Happy Placeâ€™ and the Berlin-burlesque of â€˜A Moment of Madnessâ€™.
Meanwhile the hypnotic â€˜Twistedâ€™ and orchestral-pop of â€˜Plague Of Loveâ€™ complement the epic insistence and drama of new single â€˜The Floodâ€™.
“In addition to being inspired by the values in music from the past, I wanted to embrace the future. First, by accepting the values that are treasured more in music today and by projecting them forward.
I found if you went far enough in both directions you end up in the same place. This thought was so liberating it enabled me to be a lot more fearless with expressing emotions, with challenging conventional structures of song and, finally, still allowing simplicity to stir the soul, as it so often does.” explains Katie.
With the exception of â€˜The One I Love Is Goneâ€™ Katie has written or co-written all the songs on â€˜The Houseâ€™.
In addition to the five tracks written with Guy Chambers, Katie teamed up with singer-songwriter and long-time friend Polly Scattergood on â€˜Red Balloonsâ€™, with Rick Nowels on â€˜Twistedâ€™ and â€˜Plague Of Loveâ€™ and with her manager Mike Batt on â€˜God On The Drums, Devil On The Bassâ€™. As well as being the executive producer of the album, Mike was recruited by William for the recordâ€™s orchestral arrangements.
â€˜The Floodâ€™ was one of the songs that enticed William Orbit out of his retirement: â€œI was captivated by Katieâ€™s voice when I first heard her demos in October last year and, although not having been involved in record production for some time, felt that I just had to work with her. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences of my life and a pleasure from start to finish.â€ recalls William.
â€œWhen I first started working with Katie, I posted on Twitter that there was some pure magic about the sessions. As the album progressed I felt this magical quality more and more and I believe that the record that she has made is very special indeed.â€
Written by Katie, Guy and Lauren Christy, â€˜The Floodâ€™ has already received airplay on Radio 2, with presenter Janice Long declaring it as being â€œthe best thing Katieâ€™s doneâ€¦.â€ Speaking about writing with Katie, Guy says: â€œWorking with Katie has been a deeply rewarding experience as she approaches music with a natural curiosity that is very creative. The songs all tell a story and go to places that some artists would be afraid to go.â€
For Katie, writing and recording the record has been a revelation â€œBeing in the studio with Mike over the last seven years has been incredible. Iâ€™ve been very lucky to have written and recorded with someone who has a wealth of experience and was able to give me such undivided attention. Iâ€™ve learned so much and, being on the road for the last three years, Iâ€™ve had time to digest what Iâ€™ve learned and to experiment with who I am as a writer.â€
One of Britainâ€™s most successful artists of the past decade, the release of â€˜The Houseâ€™ heralds a new phase in Katieâ€™s musical career. As William himself said: â€œone of the delights of knowing Katie is wondering just where she will go to nextâ€.
Katie has announced an extensive European tour for autumn 2010 which will include 13 shows in Britain in December. She will also be playing at festivals and outdoor concerts this summer including Thetford Forest on July 10th.
UK Release May 24th 2010
Including the new single â€˜The Floodâ€™ – released May 17th
On Dramatico Entertainment