Martina Topley Bird Announces US LP Release, Tour With Massive Attack

posted September 17, 2010

Martina Topley Bird Announces US LP Release, Tour With Massive Attack

Due to overwhelming response to a summer tour that included a buzz stop on the Jimmy Kimmel show, Bristol's trip hop kings Massive Attack and future-blues chanteuse Martina Topley Bird will be returning to the US this October. In time for the tour, Topley Bird will be dropping her latest album, "Some Place Simple," stateside on Ipecac Recordings on October 26.

Although best known for her contribution to Tricky's breakout debut "Maxinquaye," Topley Bird's songbook is also rich with material from her solo albums, the Mercury-nominated "Quixotic" and Danger Mouse-produced, "The Blue God." Recorded over a week with NinJa sidekick at Damon Albarn's Studio 13, "Some Place Simple" features selections from those previous albums, reworked, along with four new songs. Sparse, stripped down and raw, "Some Place Simple" showcases Topley Bird's smoky timbre, an incandescent and ethereal force that rises from an un-mappable yet familiar place, a siren song that calls to the secrets in you.

That mysterious allure is what has made Topley Bird the definitive post-modern torch singer of her generation and caused so many artists, including David Holmes, Common, Gorillaz, Diplo, Roots Manuva and Massive Attack, as well as fans the world over to seek her out. Fearless in her selection of themes, instruments and influences, Topley Bird has incorporated everything from pilfered Mexican chords and Cambodian melodies, to harpsichords, ukeleles, tablas, xylophones, a loop station pedal for live vocal sampling and classic Wurlitzers, singing about the viscous grit in life as well as its transcendent beauty.

Eager fans in a few selected cities will be lucky enough to enjoy Martina Topley Bird live when she joins Massive Attack on their tour with Thievery Corporation this October/November; as well as select solo performances on similar routes. But everyone can soak in her sublime blues when "Some Place Simple" is released this fall. From singing on a cemetery wall at age 15 to touring the world and thrilling music lovers for well over a decade, Martina Topley Bird has proven her staying potential. Her aura may burn white hot, but she ain't no flash in the pan!

Martina Topley Bird w/ Massive Attack + Thievery Corp
Fall North American Tour Dates

  • 10/18 - Bell Centre, Montreal, QC
  • 10/19 - Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA
  • 10/21 - Beacon Theatre, NY
  • 10/22 - Beacon Theatre, NY
  • 10/23 - Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City, NJ
  • 10/26 - Bayfront Park Amphitheater, Miami FL
  • 10/27 - Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
  • 10/29 - Fox Theatre, Atlanta GA
  • 10/30 - MOOGfest at Asheville Civic Center, Asheville NC
  • 11/01 - Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
  • 11/04 - RIMAC Arena, San Diego CA
  • 11/05 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara CA
  • 11/06 - Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
  • 11/07 Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA