When you sit in a room with Simone Felice, you can hear a subtle metallic ticking noise. If you hunt for the source of the sound you'll find a scar bisecting the entire length of his chest, a visceral reminder of the open-heart surgery he was forced to undergo in the summer of 2010 after a childhood congenital defect brought him to the brink of death. Felice’s heart is his metronome, his divining rod, and the life source of his self-titled solo debut, with friends from Mumford & Sons and The Felice Brothers, set for release on April 3rd, 2012.
Largely self-produced, Simone Felice was recorded in deeply resonant places, settings that were as haunted in their rafters as Felice felt in his bones: a barn near his home in the woods, an old church in London, an abandoned high school building by the Hudson River. What he created in these hushed, hallowed places is music that could be called folk but that has running through it a ghostly gospel-like feel, something otherworldly.
So, without further adieu - take a listen now to "New York Times." You can stream it here on the music player or download it for free, by clicking here.
Starting today, we are pleased to give Simone's fans the first crack at the album by offering a special pre-order.
You can order your physical copy of Simone Felice now, available in two unique formats (CD or Vinyl), and get the album delivered to you weeks in advance of the official release, as well as an instant download of the album's first song "Hey Bobby Ray", a haunting choral track featuring The Felice Brothers and the Catskill High School Trebleaires.
The preorder packages include everything from the album to a signed poetry print, handmade in the Catskill Mountains, so be sure to click the following links for more details:
LINK TO US
LINKS TO UK: (Vinyl, CD)
LINK TO CANADA
AUS & EU: COMING SOON
Release Shows in New York & London:
To celebrate the release of his self-titled debut, Simone will be holding two not-to-be-missed album release shows, on both sides of the pond. Joining him will be very special guests, as well as his core band, the hauntingly harmonious Simone Felice Group. Tickets on sale now -- Come one, come all!:
March 28, 2012: Mercury Lounge, NYC. $18 advance / $20 day of show. Early show - 6:30 doors, 7PM Show, no opener.
April 27, 2012: Bush Hall, London. £15 advance.
“New York Times” Video:
We'll leave you with this brand new clip of Simone performing a live acoustic version of “New York Times” in a train car on the abandoned Kingston-Arkville Line near his home, as filmed by John Huba. Enjoy...