North Yorkshire singer-songwriter Elaine Palmer is back with her new single Blackened Heart, another gorgeous slice of rootsy Americana and country crooner vocals. It’s lifted from her new Desert Songs EP (out now on Spotify/Apple Music), and arrives with a new video that’s pure Tex-Mex film noir.
Currently on a short run of UK tour dates, we caught up with her for a chat about the new songs and her musical journey so far.
Tell us about your new single Blackened Heart – how does it sit in the context of the new EP?
The EP was written out in Arizona so there are lots of references to the landscape out there, the desert, the dusty highways. Blackened Heart opens the EP with a sense of adventure for what is to come…written about the beginning of a long road trip across Arizona.
You’re on tour at the moment. Where are your favourite places to play and why?
I love playing interesting venues, castles, churches….beautiful buildings with a rich history. I really enjoyed playing Leigh on Sea in the old hall there and exploring the coastline.
You’ve performed with some very notable artists in the past – how did they inspire you?
It’s so important as an artist to explore other people’s work to be influenced and forever growing. When you’re tour with other artists you grow to love their work, their craft. There is always something to learn whatever stage you are in your career.
UK Country and Americana is enjoying a rise in popularity at the moment, after being huge in the States for decades. What is it about this kind of music and songwriting that translates across the Atlantic?
American Country music and English folk sit well together. They are timeless genres of storytelling. I have spent a lot of time in America as I have family there so going between the Yorkshire Moors and the Arizona Desert has been my whole life, pulling textures of both styles of music and finding my own voice somewhere in between.
What records by other artists are you enjoying at the moment?
Honest Life by Courtney Marie Andrews, Blood Moon by MG Boulter, Sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit by Courtney Barnett, Boxer by The National.
What’s next for you and the rest of your year?
I’m working on a music project I curate called The Watermill Sessions where I film other singer songwriters performing in front of a live audience in astounding venues….next up I have King Creosote in a beautiful old Church up on the Yorkshire Moors. I am recording again soon…so excited about my new work – and then I will be touring again later on this year.