RACHAEL & VILRAY RETURN WITH NEW ALBUM I LOVE A LOVE SONG!


OUT JANUARY 13 ON NONESUCH
NEW SONG “IS A GOOD MAN REAL?” PREMIERES ALONGSIDE ACCOMPANYING IN-STUDIO PERFORMANCE VIDEO
DUO PLAYS FOUR NIGHTS AT NEW YORK’S
FAMED CAFÉ CARLYLE LATER THIS MONTH
Both are fond of the
witty pop standards of the
1930’s and 1940’s, and
Vilray can write fluently
and cleverly in that vintage
style…[the music’s] easy-
swinging mini-big-band arrangement is as cozy as
it is sophisticated.”

photo credit: Jonno Rattman
November 17, 2022—Rachael & Vilray—the duo of singer/songwriter Rachael Price (Lake Street Dive) and guitarist/singer/songwriter Vilray—return with their second studio album, I Love a Love Song!, on January 13, 2023 via Nonesuch Records. Album pre-orders are available HERE while Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an exclusive print autographed by Rachael & Vilray in one of four colors (selected at random).
A brand new song, “Is A Good Man Real?,” debuts today alongside an accompanying in-studio performance video. Listen to/share the track HERE and watch/share the video HERE.
Combining Rachael Price’s singular voice with Vilray’s knack for songwriting, I Love a Love Song! showcases Rachael & Vilray’s evolution, pushing them to a new level as they jump ahead in vision and drive. The duo has keenly absorbed the work from their jazz predecessors, taking the best of the past and creating something new.
Recorded at United Recording in Los Angeles, CA, the twelve-track album was produced, engineered and mixed by Dan Knobler (Judy Collins, Allison Russell) and features arrangements from Jacob Zimmerman. All songs were written by Vilray except for the 1930’s classic “Goodnight My Love,” which was written by Mack Gordon and Harry Revel.
Of “Is A Good Man Real?,” Vilray says, “Like ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’ (1937), which implies unsaid volumes about high society scolds, describing normal activities then dismissing them snootily, the song is a portrait of the singer’s life drawn in negative space. Rachael sings about decidedly ordinary courtesies and wonders tartly if the man exists who can offer them to her—and we glean much about the awful men she’s been dating without her mentioning them.”
Their previously released track “Just Me This Year,” which speaks on the pleasures of spending the winter holidays alone after a welcomed romantic breakup, can be streamed HERE as well.
Rachael & Vilray will perform a run of special dates at New York’s famed Café Carlyle on November 22, 23, 25 and 26. Tickets are on sale now at rachaelandvilray.com.
Rachael Price and Vilray began performing together in 2015, although they first met in 2003 as students at the New England Conservatory of Music. Vilray formed a couple of bands with Price’s soon-to-be bandmates in Lake Street Dive—Price recalls he had a nimble mind and quick wit when it came to lyrics. It was more than a decade later that Price and Vilray began to collaborate. She had been on the road much of each year with Lake Street Dive and he had been developing his own solo act, just voice and guitar.
In 2019, Rachael & Vilray released their self-titled debut album via Nonesuch Records to critical praise; NPR said, “She can sing anything; he can play anything…Tin Pan Alley meets the Lower East Side in a smoky bar, in songs with a twist of humor.” In addition, the duo performed two songs from their debut—“At Your Mother’s House” and “Do Friends Fall in Love”—on the “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”
For further information about I Love a Love Song!, see Vilray’s artist notes HERE.
RACHAEL & VILRAY
I LOVE A LOVE SONG!
1. Any Little Time
2. Even in the Evenin’
3. Is a Good Man Real?
4. Just Two
5. Why Do I?
6. I’m Not Ready
7. Join Me in a Dream
8. Hate is the Basis (of Love)
9. A Love Song, Played Slow
10. Just Me This Year
11. I’ve Drawn Your Face
12. Goodnight My Love
RACHAEL & VILRAY LIVE
November 22—New York, NY—Café Carlyle
November 23—New York, NY—Café Carlyle
November 25—New York, NY—Café Carlyle
November 26—New York, NY—Café Carlyle

 

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