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Marianne Faithfull Announces New Album ‘Negative Capability’

Marianne Faithfull has announced the news of a new studio album in an interview with Uncut Magazine earlier this month. She revealed that the record will be titled ‘Negative Capability’ and released in summer 2018.

Faithfull cited John Keats and William Shakespeare as two of the main influences for the new tunes. The LP’s title itself is borrowed from a letter written by Keats to his brothers.

Marianne Faithfull en concert au Trianon le 07 Octobre 2015
Marianne Faithfull performing in Paris in 2015 (© Laurent Besson)

The singer co-wrote one of the songs, ‘Gypsy Fairy Queen’, with Nick Cave, whom she has collaborated with on several occasions for over a decade. Tracks penned by the two of them have appeared on Faithfull’s 2005 album ‘Before the Poison’ and 2014’s ‘Give My Love to London’. ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’, released in 2008, also featured Cave on a cover version of ‘The Crane Wife 3’, originally by the Decemberists.

Another new song, ‘They Come at Night’, was co-written with American alternative rock musician Mark Lanegan after the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks. Faithfull explained in the interview that she “got the idea from Hal Willner, and his theory that every 70 years the Nazis return in some form or another”. She also shared part of the lyrics: “Oh no, mama, don’t you hear my plea / What is this horror, mama, flooding over me / They return, the Nazis, every 70 years / Bombs explode in Paris, the future is here / There’s no brave England, no brave Russia, no America / Their sins come home to haunt us / From the wrong side of a gun”.

“The last couple of years have been pretty hard,” she said. “A lot of dear friends have died, so some of the songs are very sad.”

‘Negative Capability’ is going to be the artist’s first release since 2014. Like ‘Give My Love to London’, it will feature multi-instrumentalists Ed Harcourt and Rob Ellis. Other musicians on the recordings include Rob McEvoy and Aleks Angelov.

Marianne Faithfull in 1964 (© Gered Mankowitz)

The new album will mark 54 years since the singer’s debut single ‘As Tears Go By’, written for her by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Loog Oldham. She has since released over two dozen records and toured extensively all over the world.

60s Today would like to wish Marianne Faithfull a very happy 71st birthday. (She was born on 29th December 1946.)


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