For the past year, award winning children’s book illustrator Barbara McClintock has been lovingly creating a picture book based upon Leave Your Sleep, Natalie Merchant’s double-album of classic children’s poetry adapted to music. Frances Foster Books, an imprint of Farrar Straus Giroux and Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group will publish this beautiful hard cover, 48-page, full-color book including a CD with 19 songs. Available in stores nationwide November 13, 2012.
From the Introduction:
When Frances Foster contacted me with the plan to transform this collection of songs into a picture book for children I was intrigued. But when she suggested that Barbara McClintock be the illustrator, I was thrilled. Her work has delighted and charmed me for many years; it is of the greatest technical quality yet deeply soulful. I’ve always had a love for picture books; their illustrations, poems and stories create and preserve an enchanted place of innocence we move through as children but can return to as adults. My hope is that this collaborative book of poems, pictures and music will provide many enchanted hours to children eager for beauty and the sort of adventure that happens between the pages of a book and the words of a song.
Karima Francis is one of the up-and-coming artists to watch out for in 2012. Her new album The Remedy is a collection of lyrically-poignant tracks with a great guitar sensibility. On the album, the singer shines the most on this cut. “Tonight” starts off sounding like a mid-90s’ college modern rock track reminiscent of the Gin Blossoms or Better Than Ezra. However, it slowly builds up into a beautifully constructed song with a catchy chorus of deep yearning and amazing vocals that will make you want to sing this sound out loud. It feels like a great marriage between Ani DiFranco’s directness and Natalie Merchant’s melodic marvel. This is truly one of the best tracks of the year!
Beth Jeans Houghton has a promising sound. It feels like a marriage between folk-country and a little recent Natalie Merchant thrown into it. All quirk aside, she is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle upon Tyne who plays “sweet and gentle folk music.” Beth Jeans Houghton has been described by The Guardian as looking like “Gwen Stefani with a touch of Brody Dalle”, with a sound that “is Vashti Bunyan crossed with Nico and Laura Marling”
In early 2011 Beth Jeans Houghton signed to Mute Records who announced that they will be releasing her debut long player in early 2012. The album was recorded with Ben Hillier whose previous production credits include Blur, Depeche Mode & Elbow.