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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 22nd March 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

Olivia Chaney - Circus of Desire


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

"A home-grown poet whose lyrics, dense and allusive, blend pastoral tradition with singer-songwriter sophistication."

Circus of Desire is the much anticipated third studio album from Grammy-nominated folk singer-songwriter Olivia Chaney. Worked up over five eventful years, this collection of lovingly wrought songs was recorded in NYC with long-time collaborator, producer and musician Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, the Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty). Consisting of ten originals and one cover (a revoicing of Dory Previn's haunting ballad 'Lady with the Braid'), this album is Olivia set free. Taking their departure from real life experiences, these songs strain towards the universal.


The title track blends the carnivalesque and meditations on ancient wisdom with an anthemic, dancy refrain. 'Calliope' is a tribute to Olivia's daughter, named after the Greek muse of music and epic poetry, picturing this little life as part of the ever-
revolving cosmos. 'To the Lighthouse' tells the story of her sister who left the capital to live on a remote island. Like 'Mirror, Mirror' and 'Why', a pair of tracks about erotic love, this song refects upon our capacity to fee and transcend inherited trauma. 'Zero Sum' is a setting of a metaphysical number poem by Olivia's grandfather, a mathematician and poet. 'I Wish' - the album closer, is the ultimate breakup song.


Whilst staying true to her folk roots, Olivia enters new musical territories with Circus of Desire, venturing into the realms of pop and dance. The record features cameos from a number of friends, including string arrangements by Nico Muhly and banjo and guitar from Sam Amidon.The result of this rich blend of musical infuences is an album that looks honestly, sometimes despairingly, but primarily hopefully at the carnival that is life -'we're in a dance with death, with fre...we're all in a circus of desire'.


1. Art Of Losing
2. Circus Of Desire
3. Why
4. To The Lighthouse
5. Galop
6. Zero Sum
7. Bogeyman
8. Lady With The Braid
9. Mirror, Mirror
10. Calliope
11. I Wish

Scheduled: 22nd March 2024

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