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Today, Valerie June announced her first new album in four years - The Moon and Stars : Prescriptions For Dreamers, out December 12th. March 2021 at Fantasy Records. Produced by Jack Splash (Kendrick Lamar, Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Valerie June, the new album is engaging and ambitious, with an earthy R&B production and a touch of psychedelic amid the astral folk-pop orchestration - the two have one Sound created that is elegant and always surprising. The focus is on June's captivating singing and her infectious sense of wonder, with which the artist from Brooklyn - via Memphis - tells of her often precarious but joyful journey full of possibilities.
The album's first official single, Call Me A Fool, is a wonderful foretaste of the upcoming LP: a delicious piece of Memphis soul - incl. Stax legend Carla Thomas in the background vocals.
Valerie June on Call Me A Fool:
"Have you ever been a fool for a dream? It might have been a little dream like a kiss from a lover or a big one like the dream of peace that Dr. King, John Lennon, and so many others have had for humanity. No matter how big or how small your dream may be, keep believing, and let the world call you a fool! "
Working at Fresh Young Minds in LA and Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, June found an ideal companion in Splash who shares her tendency towards childlike adventures in the artistic process. "For this album I wanted to see how we could bring some modern elements into that band-in-the-room approach I've taken with my records in the past," says June. To bring the album to life, the two points of reference, ranging from the Afrobeat by Fela Kuti to the grandiose string arrangements by Bowie producer Tony Visconti, used the two points of reference, while the eclectic cast of esteemed musicians delved into free experiments.