The sophomore album from singer/songwriter/pianist Jamie Cullum has been scheduled for a Sept. 26 U.K. release via UCJ and an Oct. 11 U.S. release by Verve Forecast. “Catching Tales” reunites the U.K. phenom with Stewart Levine (Simply Red, Dr. John), who produced his surprise hit, “Twentysomething.”
“It was done quickly,” Cullum says of spring recording sessions in London and Los Angeles. “We caught the tracks in a net and trapped them in a CD — live.”
The set opens with “Get Your Way,” a collaboration with electronic artist/producer Dan “The Automator” Nakamura. Tapped as the first U.K. single (due Sept. 19 commercially), the track received its premiere Sunday during Michael Parkinson’s revealed the Nakamura collaboration during an interview with Billboard. “I’m working with a few different architects of sound,” he said at the time, also mentioning his brother, Ben Cullum, and production duo the Neptunes. Several cuts written with the former will appear on “Catching Tales,” while a spokesperson for the artist says work done with the latter’s Pharrell Williams was not intended for the new disc.
Other tracks that made the cut include the originals “London Skies,” “Mind Trick” and “Photograph” and covers of “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “Our Day Will Come.”
Released in the U.S. in May 2004, “Twentysomething” bowed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz chart and peaked at No. 83 on The Billboard 200. The set, which included covers of Radiohead’s “High and Dry” and Pharrell’s “Frontin’,” has sold 318,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Cullum is expected to tour Europe and play select U.S. dates later this year. An extensive North American outing is being planned for 2006.