Following the January release of the singles ‘Jesus & John Lennon’ and ‘Can I Get An Amen’, Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts have released the latest single from their upcoming new album ‘Nowhere To Go But Everywhere’. ‘Oh No’, which features the vocals of Kay Hanley, below
Talking about the song the track, Ryan explains “I’m super proud of the concept of this song. Flipping all those classic songs on their heads. Plus, I got to sing it with my friend Kay Hanley”.
It is taken from the forthcoming second album ‘Nowhere To Go But Everywhere’ (set for release on Wicked Cool Records on September 18, 2020). Debut album ‘This Is The Sound’ won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Independent Music Awards.
Deprived of attending the ceremony in New York in person owing to the global pandemic, Hamilton was understandably thrilled nonetheless: “To win an Independent Music Award for Album of the Year is, of course, an incredible honor. To win, is enough. When you look at the list of judges and see revered artists and heroes such as Tom Waits, Tracy Chapman, Robert Smith… I mean… That’s something else! But damn it woulda been fun to go celebrate in NYC! Haha. Oh well, we’ll just have to win it again next year 😉 “
As with their debut, ‘This Is The Sound’, the new album was recorded using both Hamilton’s home studio in Texas and that of Producer Dave Draper’s in the UK. In fact the bulk of the album was laid down whilst Hamilton was in the UK on his solo acoustic tour in February 2020, mere days before the global pandemic was declared.
Subsequently stuck at home alone on lockdown back in Texas, with the album finished and a summer of UK festivals understandably transplanted to 2021, Hamilton found himself with time on his hands. Connecting remotely with Producer Draper and fellow musicians in lockdown in the UK and France, the Country EP ‘Incommunicado’ was born. Released without prior warning in May 2020, it swiftly became Hamilton’s first number 1 album (iTunes Country Chart).
Proceeds from sales of the EP were donated to the Music Venue Trust’s ‘Save Our Venues’ campaign, a movement very dear to Hamilton’s heart from constant touring of the UK.
Nowhere To Go But Everywhere – the second album by Ryan Hamilton & The Harlequin Ghosts, is released on Wicked Cool Records, September 18, 2020.