The fifth full-length album of former Montreal singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, Release the Stars, hit stores this past Tuesday, May 15th.
Brother of Martha Wainwright and son of Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, the 33-year-old wrote and recorded the majority of the album in Berlin, Germany. While Wainwright produced most of the tracks off Release the Stars himself, he also got some help from friend and member of the Pet Shop Boys, Neil Tennant, as executive producer.
Now living in Brooklyn, New York, Wainwright says the record is an extremely personal one, particularly because of the emotional turmoil he went through with trying to cope with his mother's health problems. Being in a different continent also greatly affected its mood and themes.
Along with American and European shows, Wainwright will be performing several Canadian dates in support of Release the Stars over the course of the summer, such as:
June 11 & 12, Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
June 14 & August 30, Montreal, QC - Place des Arts
July 25, Edmonton, AB - Francis Winspear Centre for Music
July 26, Calgary, AB - Calgary Folk Festival at Prince Island's Park
July 28, Vancouver, B.C. - Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts
August 29, London, ON - Centennial Hall
Writer: Stephanie Ng Wan