Alice Russell sings James Blake‘s “Retrograde” live in session at WNYC‘s Soundcheck studio. The performance followed the last stop on Russell’s U.S. tour, where she performed at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City. Russell has been touring the states since May 1st, in support of her fifth studio LP, To Dust. Despite her increasing popularity and immense talent, Russell’s recent stops across the states marked her first tour on this side of the pond. Aside from concert stops, Alice Russell also made a handful of radio appearances, including a visit to NPR‘s Tinydesk for an acoustic performance, a stop at KCRW in the bay and her final on-air interview at WNYC. The live session features a stunningly expansive vocal performance of “Retrograde” that will prove – provided you hadn’t noticed by now – exactly how dynamic her voice truly is. This is the kind of recording that could move someone to tears under the right circumstances. Her voice moves across the register with ease to deliver an emotional range that jumps from burning ember to blinding light within a matter of measures. Alice Russell rounds out the visit to WNYC with her songs “Hard And Strong” and “To Dust” – both from her latest LP. Listen to Alice Russell’s rendition of “Retrograde” below. Check the full recording of her live session at WNYC.org
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