Tribal, the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Irish rockabilly artist Imelda May, will be out September 23. May has more than honed her skills at singing jazzy, burlesque-inspired songs with verve and fearlessness, reviving a genre many considered old-fashioned and retro. With compelling themes and lyrics, May’s music is not rockabilly as it was in the ’50s. Tribal steers away from mainstream sounds with unique and exhilarating rhythms, exuding both modern femininity and cheeky, deadpan humor rebelliously and with conviction – certainly a change from the traditional ’50s woman.
Tribal is the first studio album we’ve heard from May since 2010’s Mayhem, and fans are eager to hear more. While Tribal has already debuted overseas (garnering plenty of praise), it’s now officially available for the first time in the US via the full album stream on The New York Times’ website. You can also pre-order Tribal here before it hits stores on September 23rd.
– Samantha M. Lopez
Check back with Elmore next week for our interview with Imelda May.