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Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Hearts Release & UK Tour

Erja Lyytinen – Stolen Hearts Release & UK Tour

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STOLEN HEARTS

THE NEW ALBUM RELEASED 7th APRIL 2017
Released on CD, Digital Download and Vinyl

Coincides with April 2017 UK Tour

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Erja Lyytinen is pleased to announce the release of her 10th studio album “Stolen Hearts” – released by Tuohi Records on Friday 7th April, 2017.  Stolen Hearts is the first album to be released since 2015’s “Live In London”, and the first studio album to be release since 2014’s Elmore James tribute “The Sky Is Crying.” 

The new album coincides with Erja’s “Stolen Hearts” April 2017 Tour which kicks off atSquare & Compass in Ilminster on Sunday 9th April.

The new album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki. Erja’s vocals were recorded at State of the Ark Studios in London by multi-platinum selling engineer and producer Chris Kimsey, known for his contributions to classic Rolling Stones albums Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Kimsey also mixed the album.

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In fact, Stolen Hearts was mixed on the very same EMI console Kimsey had often used with the Stones. Says Erja, “Chris said it was like meeting an old girlfriend after many years. He sat in front of the desk and his magic started to happen.”

Mastering was completed at Air Studios (part of the world-famous Air Studios started by Beatles producer George Martin) by Ray Staff, whose credits include iconic rock albums including David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust (1972) and Mott The Hoople’s All The Young Dudes(1972).

 

Stolen Hearts comes at a time when Erja Lyytinen is broadening her horizons. During the past year, she has played a sold-out tour of Finland with her compatriot Heikki Silvennoinen and made her first-ever concert appearances in India.

She describes the process of making her newest album “purifying” – the product of difficult times of “heartbreak, frustration, disappointment, fear of loss and yet, at the same time, the deepest love.” As an artist, Erja has always been open to change, and with Stolen Hearts, she wants to offer her audience something totally new. “I had the feeling that I had the ingredients in my hands to make something truly extraordinary and different.”

 

“Erja’s interpretation of the blues takes the genre to another level that I have never experienced before,” says Kimsey.

Stolen Hearts sees Erja spreading her wings into different musical genres whilst retaining her blues roots. Influences of country, Americana, funk, folk, prog, R&B, jazz and rock, are intertwined with Erja’s trademark slide guitar blues stamp, which makes Stolen Hearts her most stylistically accomplished and sonically adventurous release to date.

“Working with Erja was a revelation,” says Kimsey. “She has the ability to perform and write so many different kinds of songs, and her vocals and lyrics are powerful and they connect with listeners.”

 

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Says Erja, “For this album, I wanted to break out of Helsinki by working with an established British engineer who could take my vocals further.  When Chris Kimsey was recommended, I checked out his credentials, and realized that he had worked on some of the greatest rock records recorded by the Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton, INXS, Marillion, Bad Company, to name but a few.

Continues Erja, “Working at State of the Ark with Chris was amazing because we mixed the album and recorded my vocals on the same desk the Rolling Stones used at Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris, where they recorded all their classic albums. The desk is analogue, and the microphones were vintage, enabling us to capture an authentic and fuller sound.  I’m really pleased with the results, and I hope my fans will be, too. Production-wise, Stolen Hearts is the best sounding album of my career.”

 

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ERJA LYYTINEN
APRIL 2017 UK TOUR DATES

Square & Compass, Ilminster
Sunday 9th April 2017
Box Office – 01823 480 467
Windmill Hill, Ilminster TA19 9NX
www.squareandcompasspub.com

The 100 Club
Record Release Party
Tuesday 11th April 2017
Venue Tel: 020 7636 0933

Book Online – WeGotTickets.com
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100 Oxford Street, London, W1d 1LL
www.the100club.co.uk

Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion
Wednesday 12th April
Book Online from SeeTickets.com and Ents24
Venue Tel: 01903 366 017
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Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PX
www.worthingpier.co.uk

Durham Gala Theatre, Durham
Co-headline with Chantel McGregor
Thursday 13th April 2017
Book Online: Durham Gala Theatre
Box Office: 03000 266 600
Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Millennium Place, Durham, DH1 1WA
www.galadurham.co.uk

Hard Rock Hell – Blues Festival
O2 Academy Sheffield
Saturday 15th April 2017
Box Office: 0203 287 4994
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37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PN
www.hrhblues.com


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