The Range Announces New Album Mercury, Shares Video for New Song “Ricercar”: Watch

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The Range Announces New Album Mercury, Shares Video for New Song “Ricercar”: Watch

The new song from James Hinton’s first new album in six years samples a cover of Tamar Braxton’s “My Man”

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The Range, photo by Elizabeth Weinberg

The Range has announced his first new album in six years. Mercury is out June 11 via Domino and it features the previously shared single “Bicameral.” The follow-up to 2016’s Potential also includes “Ricercar,” a track that comes with a new video today. Watch it below. James Hinton explained the song’s title in a statement:

Ricercar  - literally –  “to search out”

A Ricercar in a musical context is a prelude fugue that kind of sets the tableau of a piece to follow.

I first heard about the concept of a Ricercar in a biography of Bach, who famously encoded his own name in a piece (H having been interchangeable as the name for B-flat at the time).

Hinton said the song was inspired by 1990s DJ Premier beats and features the reworked “Chief Kamanawanalea” break by the Turtles. “This song features a vocal sample from Instagram of a singer covering Tamar Braxton’s ‘My Man,’” he continued. “The lyrics are quite personal to me and are a good example of what I try to do in a lot of my songs. I tend to try to find a way to say something that I would never be able to say out loud. I think of my editing of lyrics as a pressure release.”

On June 11, to mark his album’s release, the Range will perform a headlining show at Elsewhere Zone One in Brooklyn, New York.

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Mercury:

01 Bicameral
02 1995
03 Urethane
04 Ricercar
05 Nor for Me
06 Relegate
07 A Tree Day
08 Balm
09 Cantor
10 Every Good Thing
11 Violet

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