After a long four years without any release, Rachael Yamagata relieves fans by announcing her fourth full-length record, Tightrope Walker, on September 23. On her followup to her last record Chesapeake, Yamagata thoroughly explores the theme of the tightrope walker (hence the name).
“When [French high-wire artist] Philippe Petit was asked why he walked the tightrope he responded, ‘Why—there is no why.’ This really fucked me up,” said Yamagata in a press release. “I was devoting an entire theme of the tightrope walker to my new record: defending the weary spirit and empowering the underdog while using the high wire artist as a symbol of how to get through, but it hadn’t yet occurred to me to contemplate the why of getting through or the why of even my own art. Beyond that, why continue in an industry that I’d not yet conquered or pursue this when you have to give up so much to do so? Something propels our survival and search for happiness and it’s this desire to overcome what threatens to break us that continues to fascinate me. If you’re thinking of quitting—anything—this is your record.”