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Duncan Sheik (Photo credit: Myrna Suarez; image provided by Missing Piece Group)
Duncan Sheik (Photo credit: Myrna Suarez; image provided by Missing Piece Group)

Duncan Sheik announces new album, 'Live at the Cafe Carlyle'


Fri, Nov 6th 2020 12:45 pm

Out Dec. 4 via Sneaky Records/Missing Piece Records

Album previewed with ‘Circling’ from Sheik’s LP ‘Legerdemain’ and ‘Touch Me’ from Tony, Grammy-winning musical ‘Spring Awakening’

Singer, songwriter and composer Duncan Sheik announced his first live album, “Live at the Cafe Carlyle,” will release Dec. 4 via Sneaky Records/Missing Piece Records. The album previewed with the release of “Circling” and “Touch Me,” two live renditions of songs representative of different aspects of Sheik’s career.

Originally from his 2015 critically acclaimed album “Legerdemain,” American Songwriter praised the “Live at the Cafe Carlyle” version of “Circling” as “stripped down but equally affecting.”

“Touch Me” is from Sheik’s Tony and Grammy-winning musical “Spring Awakening,” and features guest vocals from Tony-nominee Kathryn Gallagher.

“When ‘Spring Awakening’ gets to the moment of ‘Touch Me,’ I start to feel like the show really coalesces into something with its own fulsome magic,” Sheik told Playbill. “Musically, I like the way you feel the various rhythmic subdivisions in the 6/8 time signature and the chord progressions illicit both yearning and hope.”

Listen to “Circling” HERE

Listen to “Touch Me” HERE

Duncan Sheik launched his career in 1996 with his self-titled debut album. The full-length featured Sheik’s breakthrough hit, “Barely Breathing,” which racked up 55 consecutive weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and earned him a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In the years since, Sheik has released seven full-length albums, including 2015’s “Legerdemain,” which was praised by the L.A. Times, NPR, Paste and the Chicago Tribune.

Sheik’s work as a composer has also garnered numerous awards and acclaim. His 2007 Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” won eight Tony Awards and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Projects that followed include “American Psycho,” “Alice By Heart,” “Secret Life of Bees,” “Because of Winn Dixie,” and “Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice.”

“Live At The Cafe Carlyle” was recorded during a week of shows in early October 2017, and features songs that span Sheik’s wide-ranging career. The live album’s setlist includes his hit debut single “Barely Breathing”; songs from “Spring Awakening” (“Touch Me” and “Mama Who Bore Me”); “This Is Not An Exit,” from his musical adaptation of “American Psycho”; and previously unreleased covers of songs by Tom Petty and Radiohead.

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