Mikaela Davis announces debut album 'Delivery', shares music video for lead single
Mikaela's debut album is set for a July 13 release and is produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, Alvvays).
Mikaela Davis is a young harpist, pianist, singer and songwriter who crafts sweet and salty songs that straddle the lines of folk and funk, AM rock and 80s pop experimentation.
Mikaela will make her full-length debut with ‘Delivery’ released via Rounder Records on 13 July, produced by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Future Islands, Angel Olsen, Alvvays).
‘Delivery’ is a thrilling adventure over 10 tracks: a sonic exploration that challenges what the harp can do, and one that details the sometimes arduous path to self-acceptance and feeling comfortable in your own skin.
The album opener and title track ‘Delivery’ is a stunning entry point, a touch of gospel piano and plucked bass that bursts into a wall of sound.
Beginning with lyrics of disillusionment: “Well you know I tried prayin’ / tried to wish it all away/even tried to meditating / but the feeling stayed the same”, it shifts to a triumphant acceptance of steadfast love. The announcement is also accompanied by a kaleidoscopic video for the album’s title track.
As the album unfurls, it’s dabbed with synths, fuzzed out bass and guitar, harp cascades and ping-pong effects. Mikaela’s voice shines on top – a little raspy with a range that goes from a whisper to a wail. ‘Get Gone’ and ‘Other Lover’ lock into deep grooves. ‘Emily’ is one of the album’s most tender moments, a quivering duet between harp and voice (here Mikaela is joined by The Staves, who also appear on a further album track ‘Pure Divine Love’).
Mikaela hails from Rochester, NY and after a brief sojourn to Brooklyn resettled there, falling in with a thriving artistic community that helped to create the environment she needed to make this album. She had dreams of joining a symphony and studied classical harp at music conservatory, but after she began writing her own songs and touring them on school breaks her path changed course. Mikaela has been the special guest on tours with Bon Iver, The Staves, Mac DeMarco, and more.
Mikaela Davis will take a break from a lengthy North American tour supporting Lake Street Dive, to play a handful of UK shows in May including The Great Escape (18 May) and a headline show at The Lexington in London (22 May). 'Delivery' is available for pre-order now.
Find her full schedule of tour dates below. For tickets and more information, visit Mikaela's official website. Also, find the tracklist of her debut album below:
Mikaela Davis International Tour Dates:
MAY 4 - The Sinclair - Cambridge, MA*
MAY 6 - Ulster Performing Arts Center - Kingston, NY*
MAY 8 - Higher Ground - South Burlington, VT*
MAY 9 - College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT*
MAY 10 - Brooklyn Steel - Brooklyn, NY*
MAY 12 - The Fillmore - Philadelphia, PA*
MAY 13 - Mr. Smalls - Pittsburg, PA*
MAY 15 - Thalia Hall - Chicago, IL*
May 17 - Union Chapel - London, UK ^
MAY 18 - The Great Escape at One Church - Brighton, UK
MAY 22 - The Lexington - London, UK
MAY 23 - Ford Theatres - Hollywood, CA
MAY 24 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
MAY 25 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
MAY 29 - Commodore - Vancouver, BC
MAY 30 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA
JUNE 15 - Bergenfest Festival - Bergen, NO
JUNE 15/17 - Maifeld Derby Festival - Mannheim, Germany
* w/Lake Street Dive
^ w/ I’m With Her
2. Get Gone
3. A Letter That I’ll Never Send
4. In My Groove
5. Emily feat. The Staves
6. Do You Wanna Be Mine
7. Little Bird
8. Other Lover
9. All I Do Is Disappear
10. Pure Divine Love feat. The Staves