Irish star Imelda May today (24 November) releases the new version of ‘Call Me,’ first featured on her hit album Life. Love. Flesh. Blood. The song has been re-recorded as a duet with fellow chart artist Jack Savoretti, produced by Cam Blackwood at ICP Studios in Brussels. There’s also a new video, which we feature here:
“I wrote ‘Call Me’ about the horrible time when you are willing the phone to ring, begging for the name to pop up, and it doesn’t,” says May. “I’ve always though it could work as a duet, and I think Jack totally nails his vocal. There’s so much longing in his voice, and there’s a truth to it too.”
Savoretti, who made his breakthrough with his 2015 album Written In Scars and followed it last year with a second top ten set in Sleep No More, adds: “Recording this duet with Imelda and Cam was one of the best experiences I have ever had in a recording studio. The song is amazing and I am proud to be part of this.”
May completed her second UK headline tour of 2017 on Wednesday (22) in a star-studded affair at London’s Royal Albert Hall. She was joined on stage by both Bob Geldof and the Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood for a rousing rendition of ‘Crying’; Geldof and support act Andreya Triana also joined her for a closing cover of ‘Teenage Kicks,’ the late 1970s new wave classic by Northern Irish band the Undertones.
Life. Love. Flesh. Blood, produced in Nashville by T Bone Burnett, entered the UK chart at No. 5 and is among the top five bestselling albums by a female artist in 2017. It was described by the Daily Telegraph newspaper as “the album of her life.” Among many other accolades, May was recently nominated for international artist of the year at the UK Americana Awards 2018.