Martha Wainwright has announced her return with ‘Love Will Be Reborn’, her first new album in five years, on August 20th through Pheromone Records/Cooking Vinyl over in this neck of the woods.
It’s Wainwright’s first album since 2016’s ‘Goodnight City’, and the first since 2012’s ‘Come Home To Mama’ to feature all original material. The title track, which you can hear below, was written a few years ago in what was a very dark time for her personally. The song “hints at the ache she was going through while capturing a sense of optimism for the future.” “I wrote the song in its entirety within ten or fifteen minutes,” she admits.” I was bawling.”
Martha began to play the song live before she recorded the album and it became something of a regular, giving her hope when it was most needed. The song and album were produced by Pierre Marchand, best known for his work with Rufus Wainwright on ‘Poses’, the McGarrigle’s on ‘Heartbeats Accelerating’, and much of Sarah McLaughlin’s 90’s catalogue.
Recorded in Martha’s Montreal hometown, the album was made in the basement of café Ursa which also served as a studio and at PM Studios. Martha plays guitar and piano and enlisted the help of Toronto musicians Thom Gill (guitars, keys, back-ups) Phil Melanson (drums, percussion), and Josh Cole (bass). Pierre Marchand plays keyboards on ‘Love Will Be Reborn’ plus two other tracks while Morgan Moore plays bass on several songs.