Petula Clark has settled into a quiet booth at Amsterdam Burger Company on New York’s Upper West Side, relaxing with a cool glass of fresh mint lemonade at the start of a two-week promo tour. “This is something I really haven’t done,” the English singer says.
“Lost In You,” her first new album of English language material in over a decade, has just been released the week prior, and is a collection of new songs and covers that ranges from the familiar (Gershwin’s “He Loves and She Loves,” Lennon’s “Imagine,” Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy”), the original (smoky, noir-ish ballads “Next To You” and “Every Word You Say”) to the unexpected (a downtempo, pensive take on her signature hit “Downtown.”)
Produced by John Owen Williams, a veteran record executive and producer best known for his BBC Radio One sessions with acts like The Cocteau Twins and The Cure, “Lost In You” modern touches that has already brought comparisons to Lana Del Rey and The XX. Lead single “Cut Copy Me” has been generating a fair amount of online interest for its use of AutoTune and a lyric built around a computer metaphor that might be expected from a vocalist far younger than the now 80-year-old Clark.
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