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The Range Announces New Album, Shares Video For New Song “Ricercar”

Mercury Due Out June 10 via Domino

Mar 23, 2022 Photography by Elizabeth Weinberg
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The Range (aka James Hinton) has announced the release of a new album, Mercury, which will be out on June 10 via Domino. Hinton has also shared a video for the new album track “Ricercar.” View the Stevie Gee and Essy May-directed video below, along with the album’s tracklist and cover art.

In a press release, Hinton states: “A Ricercar in a musical context is a prelude fugue that kind of sets the tableau of a piece to follow.

“I first heard about the concept of a Ricercar in a biography of Bach, who famously encoded his own name in a piece (H having been interchangeable as the name for B-flat at the time).

“At the time I wrote this song I was listening to a lot of rap from the ’90s, specifically DJ Premier beats. As such I was rapidly collecting breaks and had just stumbled upon the Chief Kamanawanalea break by the Turtles and found that if I reordered the sections I could make this kind of palindromic composite break that seemed to propel the song along.

“This song features a vocal sample from Instagram of a singer covering Tamar Braxton’s ‘My Man.’ The lyrics are quite personal to me and are a good example of what I try to do in a lot of my songs. I tend to try to find a way to say something that I would never be able to say out loud. I think of my editing of lyrics as a pressure release.”

In January, Hinton shared the album track “Bicameral.”

Read our 2016 Artist Survey on The Range.

Mercury Tracklist:

1. Bicameral
2. 1995
3. Urethane
4. Ricercar
5. Not For Me
6. Relegate
7. A Tree Day
8. Balm
9. Cantor
10. Every Good Thing
11. Violet

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