Posted on: April 28, 2022 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0
Shares New Single “Game of Cards”From The Forthcoming Album, Sound of the Morning,Due Out On Heavenly Recordings July 8th In-store dates in July & Headline U.K. tour in September
Today, Katy J Pearson shares new single “Game Of Cards,” the latest track from her forthcoming new album, Sound of the Morning, due for release on Heavenly Recordings, July 8th. This follows the first single, “Talk Over Town,” which garnered notable praise from the likes of Under the Radar, Brooklyn Vegan, Atwood Magazine and more. Talking about the track Katy says:“‘Game of Cards’ dates back two years ago, initially written with my friend Ben Hambro (who was the lead singer of Lazarus Kane). We hung out a lot together as I’d sing in his band, and he used to be part of the KJP ensemble. I forgot about the song for a while, then rediscovered it and sent to Heavenly who liked the chorus but the verse wasn’t quite working. I wanted to give it a chance so took it with me to the Dan Carey sessions where we assembled fresh verses – he really helped me work out where the song should go. ‘Game of Cards’ is about finding someone you click with on a romantic level and how it really is a game of cards in that you don’t know what hand you’ll be dealt. It’s about the vulnerability of a blossoming relationship and not knowing where it’s headed.”

The track is accompanied by a playing card themed visualiser put together by Benjamin Spike Saunders, guitarist in Katy’s band and member of Bristol-based creative visual/production/design collective Clump Collective.
Written and recorded in late 2021, Katy’s latest effort is co-produced by Ali Chant (Yard Act and the helm of Katy’s debut Return) and Speedy Wunderground head-honcho Dan Carey (Fontaines DC). The tracklist for Sound of the Morning is as follows: 1. Sound Of The Morning2. Talk Over Town3. Riverbed4. Howl5. Confession6. The Hour7. Float8. Alligator9. Game Of Cards10. Storm To Pass11. Willow’s Song The album will be available as a DL, CD plus regular and limited purple and clear vinyl editions. Katy’s debut album, Return, released in November 2020, saw her go from Bristolian newcomer to a critically-acclaimed breakthrough star, selling out shows up and down the UK. Praised for “the arresting quality of [her] Kate Bush-meets-Dolly Parton vocal delivery” by The Times, labelled as “finding humanity in every moment” by DIY and with lead single ‘Take Back The Radio’ described as “a whoop of pure joy” in the Guardian, amidst the bleak toll of lockdown, something about this curiously optimistic album began to really resonate. It feels fitting then that, having provided an aural balm at just the right moment with her first album, its follow-up should reflect a world brimming with curiosity, back in action and wanting to expand its horizons.

If Pearson’s extracurricular activities in recent months have shown that she can dip a toe into a multitude of genres – providing guest vocals on Orlando Weeks’ recent album ‘Hop Up’; popping up with Yard Act for a collaboration at End of the Road festival; singing on trad-folk collective Broadside Hacks’ 2021 project ‘Songs Without Authors’ – then forthcoming second album Sound of the Morning takes that spirit and runs with it. It’s still Katy J Pearson (read: effortlessly charming, full of heart and helmed by that inimitable vocal), but it’s Katy J Pearson pushing herself musically and lyrically into new waters.  It’s an album that’s as comfortable revelling in the more laid-back, Real Estate-esque melodies of lead single ‘Talk Over Town’ – a track that attempts to make sense of her recent experiences, of “being Katy from Gloucester, but then being Katy J Pearson who’s this buzzy new artist” – as it is basking in the American indie pop of ‘Float’, penned with longtime pal Oliver Wilde of Pet Shimmers, or experimenting with the buoyant brass of ‘Howl’, in which Orlando repays the favour with a vocal guest spot. It all makes for a record that’s increasingly unafraid to explore life’s darker parts, but that does so with an openness that’s full of light. As an artist who professes to “always strive for the bittersweetness of things”, Sound of the Morning does just that, taking the listener’s hand and guiding them through the good and the bad, like the musical equivalent of an arm around the shoulder. “I want people to feel things with my music, but I don’t want to cause my listener too much trauma,” she notes with a cheeky glint. “Counselling is expensive, so you’ve got to pick your battles…”

Finally, having most recently played a sold-out show at London’s Village Underground, where she was joined by guests Orlando Weeks and a brass section assembled by members of Black Country New Road and caroline, Katy heads out in September for a headline UK tour, before which, she plays a number of summer festivals across the country and an extensive in-store run of shows in July.

The full list of shows is as follows:
01.05.22 – Sounds From The Other City – SALFORD
12-14.05.22 – The Great Escape – BRIGHTON
27.05.22 – Sea Change – TOTNES
28.05.22 – Wide Awake – LONDON 
04.06.22 – Art Rock – SAINT BRIEUC, FR
12.06.22 – Kite – OXFORD
19.06.22 – Bigfoot – NORTHAMPTON
26.06.22 – Lloyds Ampitheatre (with First Aid Kit) – BRISTOL  
 07.07.22 – Third Man – LONDON (lunchtime solo show)
*07.07.22 – Fighting Cocks – KINGSTON (evening full band show)
*08.07.22 – Rough Trade – BRISTOL (full band show)
*09.07.22 – Pie & Vinyl – SOUTHSEA (lunchtime 4-piece show)
*09.07.22 – Resident – BRIGHTON (evening 4-piece show)
*10.07.22 – Rough Trade – NOTTINGHAM (lunchtime 4-piece show)
*11.07.22 – Jumbo – LEEDS (4-piece show)
*12.07.22 – Rough Trade East – LONDON (full band show)
*13.07.22 – Friendly Records – BRISTOL (4-piece show)
*22.07.22 – Bluedot – MACCLESFIELD
23.07.22 – Latitude – SOUTHWOLD
29.07.22 – Deer Shed – THIRSK 
10.08.22 – Winterthurer Musilfestwochen – WINTERTHUR, CH
19.08.22 – Green Man – CRICKHOWELL
21.08.22 – Beautiful Days – OTTERY ST MARY, DEVON 
08.09.22 – Trinity – BRISTOL
09.09.22 – Cornish Bank – FALMOUTH
10.09.22 – Cavern – EXETER
11.09.22 – Joiners – SOUTHAMPTON
13.09.22 – Chalk – BRIGHTON
14.09.22 – Olby’s – MARGATE
15.09.22 – Electric Ballroom – LONDON
17.09.22 – Brudenell Social Club – LEEDS
18.09.22 – The Cluny – NEWCASTLE
20.09.22 – Voodoo Rooms – EDINBURGH
21.09.22 – Mono – GLASGOW
22.09.22 – Gorilla – MANCHESTER
24.09.22 – Float Along – SHEFFIELD
25.09.22 – Rescue Rooms – NOTTINGHAM
27.09.22 – Clwb Ifor Bach – CARDIFF
28.09.22 – Hare & Hounds – BIRMINGHAM
30.09.22 – The Bullingdon – OXFORD
* in-store shows

  Tickets for the in-store shows are available HERE

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