It's been three years since alt-pianist Regina Spektor released her fifth album, "Far," and about two and half years since her devoted fanbase started asking for more material. Following an announcement that her next album, titled "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats," would be out this May, fans finally have the opportunity to hear music from the album. Spektor previewed lead single "All the Rowboats" online yesterday (through her site and Facebook, and NPR), releasing it on iTunes today (Feb. 28). Listen below.
Apparently the record has been finished for quite some time, with the "Fidelity" singer shedding a bit of light via her Facebook upon her label's (Sire) announcement of the record back in November. "This summer I recorded a new record with Mike Elizondo in L.A. land!" she said. "It's been finished for a little while but I had no idea when it would be out in the world until now. We're trying to get everything ready for it to come out in May."
Some may think the choice of Elizondo as the singular producer suggests a new direction for Spektor, as he is best known for his writing and production work alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem and other rappers. And perhaps his touch is apparent in "All the Rowboats": electronic beats open the haunting track, which builds percussively as it describes characters trying flee to the works of art that first brought them to life (what a Spektor-esque thing to chronicle). However, it's worth mentioning that Elizondo produced Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machine," as well as tracks for Maroon 5, Rilo Kiley and Spektor's "Far."