Regina Spektor's new album, first single, tour dates and more (with video)

Sire Records is thrilled for the upcoming worldwide release of far, the highly anticipated new album from Regina Spektor. An artist known for an acute sense of detail both in music and words, Spektor continues to showcase her amazing ability to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary on far, which is set for a June 23rd US release and globally June 22nd. Spektor's first single, "Laughing With," is a perfect example of how she allows each enunciated word (or wordless vocal interjection) and each finger on the piano keys, to tell a fascinating story, that is both visionary and gripping. The response to "Laughing With" has been overwhelming; the video shot up to #1 on iTunes' alternative video chart within it's first 24 hours and the song was met with immediate approval among fans, resulting in over 500,000 plays and a tremendous amount of action on message boards. Spektor will perform "Laughing With" on Good Morning America on release day (6/23) and The Late Show with David Letterman on June 26th. Before embarking on a European tour that begins at The Glastonbury Festival on June 26th, Spektor will headline New York City's Beacon Theatre on June 17th.

Spektor's remarkable gift to craft intelligent and refreshingly honest odes to life has been captured by long-time friend, photographer / filmmaker / visual designer Adria Petty, with a series of viral videos that will be released up until release day. The first three, for songs "Dance Anthem of the 80's," "Man of a Thousand Faces" and "Eet," can now be seen on MySpace and other sites.

Far is now available for pre-order on iTunes. Within 24 hours of its initial availability, far had reached #20 on the overall album charts on iTunes.

far track listing:

1. The Calculation [Produced by Mike Elizondo]

2. Eet [Produced by Mike Elizondo]

3. Blue Lips [Produced by Jeff Lynne]

4. Folding Chair [Produced by Jeff Lynne]

5. Machine [Produced by Mike Elizondo]

6. Laughing With [Produced by Jacknife Lee]

7. Human of the Year [Produced by David Kahne]

8. Two Birds [Produced by Jacknife Lee]

9. Dance Anthem of the 80's [Produced by Jacknife Lee]

10. Genius Next Door [Produced by Jeff Lynne]

11. Wallet [Produced by Jeff Lynne]

12. One More Time With Feeling [Produced by David Kahne]

13. Man of a Thousand Faces [Produced by Mike Elizondo]

Tour Dates:

June 17th Beacon Theatre New York City

June 26th Glastonbury Festival UK

June 29th Serpentine Sessions London

July 1st Le Batacian Paris

July 2nd Gloria Cologne

July 4th Werchter Festival Belgium

July 6th Grunspan Hamburg

July 7th Postbahnhof Berlin

July 9th Hultsfred Festival Sweden

July 11th Oxegen Festival Ireland

July 12th T in the Park Festival Scotland

July 14th Paradiso Amsterdam

July 15th Villa Arconati Milan

July 17th Latitude Festival UK

Here's the official video for the first single off her album, "Laughing With."

I fell in love with Soviet-born songstress Regina Spektor a few years ago with the release of 2006's Begin to Hope. While I was initially turned off by the inherent pop marketability of the album (it's almost too well-produced for its own good), I was drawn to her poetry, to the sweetness of her accented voice, to the moments of her singing in her native language. (There's more of that on her earlier self-released albums, though she really does it best in her third album, Soviet Kitsch.)

Anyway, the point of this post is that Miss Spektor is set to finally release the follow-up to Begin to Hope and I am stoked. Other than her adorable duet with Ben Folds, "You Don't Know Me" — the first single off his 2009 album, Way to Normal — Spektor has been virtually MIA for far too long. Now, she's gearing up for a worldwide release of far, due out on Sire Records June 23. (The official press release with info on her upcoming Letterman and Good Morning America, track listing and European tour dates, and the video for her new song, "Laughing With," after the jump.)

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