Critically-acclaimed Mexican-American artist David Ramirez is today announcing details of his fifth-album ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’ and sharing the emphatic title-track, displaying the singer-songwriter’s newfound adventures into a more overdriven, R&B-infused sound. Due for release July 17th via Sweetworld/Thirty Tigers, David Ramirez’s new album arrives following the defiant, politically-charged 2017 LP ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’–“If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, you’d hope it might sound like [this]” (Uncut)–and is the latest in a prolific body of work that’s been evolving from stark, earnest Americana into something far more expansive: the resulting R&B-influenced production layering Ramirez’s powerful vocals atop “misty psychedelic undertones and potent gospel arrangements” (NPR Music).
You can stream the new ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’ single here: https://youtu.be/HVpDwp39Biw
Where Ramirez’s well-received last album painted a picture of life in contemporary America through the lens of his own Mexican heritage, ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’ is an even more personal and introspective affair; a ten-track collection charting the tumultuous, unpredictable journey of falling in and out of love, written over the course of such a relationship. The album’s roots go back to the Summer of 2017, Ramirez had fallen in love with someone who, despite having only just met, felt incredibly familiar to him. “In past relationships, no matter how eager I was to feel loved and to give love, there had always been a hesitation to crawl out of my old life. I didn’t feel this,” he says. With that year’s ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ LP soon to be released and followed by a period of touring across Europe and the US, Ramirez began to pen his next album and hopeful odes to new love spilled out. Halfway through writing the album, however, the relationship that had inspired a new burst of creativity in him ended up falling apart.
Instead of scrapping the songs, the Texan singer-songwriter began to channel all of his thoughts into words and it was this reflection that led Ramirez to the album’s title-song, ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’. Out today, Ramirez says of the single: “I was born in August of 1983 just days after Hurricane Alicia had hit my hometown of Houston. As my relationship began ripping at the seams, I started to think of this storm as a precursor to my being born,” he confides: “Was there something in the universe that imprinted a characteristic of chaos in my blood during my last few days in the womb? Was I destined to wreak havoc everywhere I went?” The news arrives following this year’s trio of singles–‘Lover, Will You Lead Me?’, ‘I Wanna Live In Your Bedroom’ and ‘Hallelujah, Love Is Real!’–which also feature on the album and are from the same studio sessions with Dallas-based producer Jason Burt (Leon Bridges, Sarah Jaffe).
It’s been ten years since David Ramirez’s debut ‘American Soil’ LP was released and quickly led to a loyal, fast-growing audience not just in the US but in the UK and Europe too. Since his debut, Ramirez has continued to reach successive new heights with 2012’s ‘Apologies’, 2015’s ‘Fables and his latest ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’ album, each met with a growing list of sold-out UK dates and praise from the likes of Q, Uncut, The Independent and The Guardian. ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’, his fifth album and eighth collection of songs due for release July 17th, isn’t just Ramirez’s most personal and introspective album to date but it also sees him push the boundaries of his constantly-evolving sound once again, now experimenting with pianos, synths and gospel/R&B influences.
On Saturday May 23, Ramirez will celebrate the record announcement with “All Request Live: A Celebration,” which will begin at 8pm CT via his YouTube and Facebook channels. Ramirez offers to fans, “At most shows, I shut down requests, but this Saturday all are welcome. Let’s be together again. I’ve missed you all terribly.” In support of the new album Ramirez has also teamed up with the writer Brittney McKenna, who authored a three-part short story inspired by ‘My Love Is A Hurricane’ which can be read here.