MICHELLE announce Manchester gig
Today, NYC-based collective MICHELLE announces their new album AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS due January 28th, 2022 via Transgressive in the UK and Canvasback in the rest of the world. To coincide with the album announcement, MICHELLE shares the lead single “SYNCOPATE”. The track aired on Zane Lowe as a World First and features an accompanying video filmed in the NY summer heat.
MICHELLE shares, “The song at its core is about desire. Communicating your desire can feel vulnerable, so we wanted to have some fun with that and show our funky and seductive side. It really feels like we’re hitting the street for the first time by putting this song out into the world.”
The album announcement and new track follow a string of celebrated singles released by MICHELLE including “SUNRISE” (plus a very special version featuring Arlo Parks) “UNBOUND” and “FYO”, the latter remixed with a feature from CHAI, as well as their 2018 debut album HEATWAVE, which came together in just two-weeks.
Born-and-bred New Yorkers, MICHELLE formed in 2018 and is comprised of Sofia D’Angelo, Julian Kaufman, Charlie Kilgore, Layla Ku, Emma Lee and Jamee Lockard. The predominantly POC and queer collective mix and match the writing and production groups amongst the six of them.
The hallmarks of MICHELLE’s music—layered vocal harmonies, analog synthesizers, vibrant percussion, smoldering hooks—dominate the sonic landscape of their upcoming album, with the four female vocalists pushing the boundaries of their considerable singing talents as Charlie and Julian’s shared production explodes with fearless creativity and exploration. Despite all the tinkering elsewhere, it is important to note that the vocals remain largely untouched and appear in their organic state. Songs hop across genres, from funky R&B to bedroom slow jams to amped-up beat-heavy anthems and more. The songwriting on AFTER DINNER WE TALK DREAMS has been elevated, as there is a depth and prowess at work that makes good on the promise of the band’s early songs, something they admit was learned by reflecting and allowing room for artistic growth.
The band are announcing a run of headline UK and European dates, beginning in Dublin Ireland on 5th February 2022, taking in Glasgow, Manchester and London (The Lexington on 9th February), followed shows in Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam. MICHELLE will also tour with Arlo Parks this September in the US followed by a run of dates with Gus Dapperton in November.