Singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik is readying his fourth Atlantic album, “Daylight,” for an Aug. 27 release. The disc will be Sheik’s first since his unconventional 2001 Nonesuch/Atlantic release “Phantom Moon,” a collaborative project with playwright Steven Sater.
On “Daylight,” Sheik returns to the pop arrangements found on his first two albums. The set was produced by Sheik and Patrick Leonard (Madonna, Jewel, Elton John), and features work by session guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gerry Leonard (David Bowie, Laurie Anderson), bassist Jeff Allen (Avril Lavigne), and drummer Doug Yowell (Suzanne Vega). The London Session Orchestra contributes strings to four of the disc’s 11 songs.
Sheik wrote all of the songs on “Daylight” except Leonard’s “Start Again” and “Oh Her Mind,” which he penned in tandem with Foreigner’s Mick Jones. First single “On a High” was shipped to U.S. pop radio outlets July 15. “I’ve lately been in the mood for music that has an immediate and uplifting effect on the listener,” the artist said in a statement about his new album. “I was interested in making a record that seemed more positive and electric, but still contained within it layers of subtlety and nuance.”
Sheik’s self-titled Atlantic debut hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart in March 1997, and climbed to No. 83 on The Billboard 200 that April on the strength of the single “Barely Breathing,” which spent 30 weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100, peaking at No. 16. The follow-up album, “Humming,” debuted at No. 163 on The Billboard 200 in October 1998.