“Act Natural” By Margaret Glaspy

"Act Natural" By Margaret Glaspy is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day. The track is of the singer/songwriter's album Echo The Diamond
Margaret Glaspy photo by Ebru Yildiz

Margaret Glaspy has announced the August 18 release of her new album, Echo The Diamond, via ATO. Today she shares the first taste of the album via the LP’s opening track “Act Natural”. She has also confirmed her return to UK shores this September, touring alongside Half Moon Run before a headline show at London’s Omeara on September 20. Following this, she will tour North America in support of the album, including a hometown show at New York City’s Bowery Ballroom on October 20th. Act Natural is about trying to play it cool when you meet someone remarkable. I wrote it in the afternoon in the back of a tour bus and the riff came separately when I got home. It is one of my favourite songs on the record to play live.”

Echo The Diamond is the third full-length from Margaret Glaspy. It was produced by Glaspy with co-production from her partner, guitarist/composer Julian Lage and is the follow-up to 2020’s Devotion. The album takes its title from a turn of phrase that Glaspy tossed off in the midst of a conversation with Lage. “Bruce Lee once said to be water—if water is in a teacup, it becomes teacup-shaped; if it’s in a glass, then it takes the shape of that glass,” she recalls. “For me, Echo The Diamond is a way of saying ‘shine bright’, ‘be brilliant.’” The album expands on the frenetic vitality of her widely acclaimed debut Emotions and Math—a 2016 release The New Yorker hailed as an album “in which pretty songs often turn prickly, enriched by carefully measured infusions of dissonance and grit.” This time around, Glaspy worked with drummer/percussionist David King of The Bad Plus and bassist Chris Morrissey (Andrew Bird, Lucius, Ben Kweller), recording at Reservoir Studios in Manhattan and embracing an intentionally unfussy process that left plenty of room for spontaneity. “I love music with a big element of risk to it, which was really the heartbeat of this album,” she says. “A lot of what you hear are the very first takes.” Anchored in the raw yet mesmerising vocal presence and impressionistic guitar work she’s brought to the stage in touring with the likes of Spoon and Wilco.

Margaret Glaspy 2023 tour dates

18 Aug | New York, NY | Rough Trade Records (Instore)
12 Sept | Brighton, UK | Chalk*
13 Sept | London, UK | O2 Forum Kentish Town*
14 Sept | Bristol, UK | SWX*
16 Sept | Manchester, UK | Albert Hall*
17 Sept | Glasgow, UK | SWG3*
18 Sept | Leeds, UK | Brudenell Social Club*
20 Sept | London, UK | Omeara (Headline)
28 Sept | Washington, DC | Union Stage
29 Sept | Philadelphia, PA | Underground Arts
30 Sept | Boston, MA | The Sinclair
02 Oct | Toronto, ON | Horseshoe
03 Oct | Cleveland, OH | Grog Shop
Oct 04 | Detroit, MI | El Club
Oct 06 | Minneapolis, MN | Fine Line
Oct 07 | Chicago, IL | Sleeping Village
Oct 08 | Milwaukee, WI | The Back Room @ Colectivo
Oct 10 | Nashville, TN | Blue Room @ Third Man Records
11 Oct | Atlanta, GA | Center Stage
12 Oct | Durham, NC | Motorco Music Hall
13 Oct | Asheville, NC | Grey Eagle
14 Oct | Richmond, VA | Richmond Music Hall
20 Oct | New York, NY | Bowery Ballroom
01 Nov | Austin, TX | Antone’s
02 Nov | Dallas, TX | Deep Ellum Art Co
04 Nov | Denver, CO | Ophelia’s
06 Nov | Salt Lake City, UT | Urban Lounge
07 Nov | Boise, ID | The Olympic
09 Nov | Seattle, WA | Madame Lou’s
10 Nov | Vancouver, BC | Biltmore Cabaret
11 Nov | Portland, OR | Mississippi Studios
13 Nov | San Francisco, CA | The Independent
14 Nov | Los Angeles, CA | Lodge Room

*opening for Half Moon Run

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