Alex Izenberg announces new album 'Caravan Château', shares new track & video "Sister Jade"
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Alex Izenberg announces new album 'Caravan Château', shares new track & video "Sister Jade"

Following a four year silence, enigmatic LA outsider Alex Izenberg resurfaced at the end of March with the bouncing and playful love ballad “Disraeli Woman”. Today, Izenberg has announced his sophomore album Caravan Châteaudue out July 31 via Weird World / Domino, and shared a new singleSister Jade”, with a video directed by frequent collaborators Giraffe Studios. Watch it below.

On Caravan Château—the beguiling 11-song reflection on the house of mirrors that is love—Izenberg creates a sophisticated world of his own. Songs that are somehow understated but lavish map the vagaries of our uncertain hearts, the way wrinkles chronicle a lifetime of experience.

Izenberg on Caravan Château:
"Today it is my pleasure to announce  that my new album Caravan Château is coming out via Weird World on July 31st. I’ve been working hard on it and I’m extremely proud of these songs. It was recorded largely at Tropico Beauty with Greg Hartunian and Derek Korat with whom I’ve spent many long days and nights in the studio, retracing steps and forging new paths. Sometimes we hit walls and other times we found bliss, but those long nights were always chock-filled with lol’s.

I hope my music can reach people like me who don’t have a lot of money or means and be a guiding light in their lives for good, serving as a safe haven in times of sorrow, happiness, loneliness or longing and know that I’m right there with you and always will be, even if our paths never directly cross."


With the help of a handful of collaborators including Chris Taylor (Grizzly Bear), Jonathan Rado (Foxygen, Whitney, Lemon Twigs), Ari Balouzian (Tobias Jesso Jr) and others, Izenberg creates songs that are easy to adore but hard to define. Izenberg’s sharp songs are the bait that first brings you into Caravan Château, but that deliberate ambiguity is what brings you back repeatedly, hoping to tease out the riddles of being inside these stunning tunes.

In 40 minutes, Izenberg flings open another window onto a scene of fractured beauty and romantic longing, a place where music itself is a coping mechanism. From the narcotized sway of “Saffron Glimpse” to the charming bounce of “Sister Jade,” from the backmasked blues of “Dancing Through the Turquoise” to the peppy shuffle of “Lady,” Caravan Château is visceral and gorgeous, troubled and sympathetic, instantly likable and richly textured.

Izenberg emerged in late 2016 with Harlequin, a fetching collection of hazy art-pop hymns praised for their “sweetness and heart.” Not long after the album’s release, Izenberg became emotionally unstable, though, beset by a failed relationship and inevitable post-debut questions about what came next. Diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia in 2012, Izenberg has spent a lifetime learning to cope with and overcome fear, to turn doubt into power rather than paralysis.

For Izenberg, music is a lifeline, or the lens that helps him refocus the world and make sense of his mess of feelings. He pulls art and existence together as if by tensile wires, one giving necessary support to the other. On Caravan Château, the intensity of that connection radiates through every song, Izenberg working through some of life’s hardest feelings by writing songs as soft as his heart.

Caravan Château is available to pre-order now on LP, CD and digital formats. A limited edition 7” of “Disraeli Woman” b/w “I Don’t Want You To Hurt Anymore” is also available via the Domino Mart, as a standalone or bundled with the Caravan Château LP. Pre-Order Caravan ChâteauDom Mart | Digital

Watch the video for "Disraeli Woman" HERE

Praise for Alex Izenberg & Harlequin:

“Izenberg has discovered a way to make classic, quirky pop touchstones into something completely his own.” —CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND

“With its staccato trumpets and keys, Alex Izenberg's "To Move On" sounds like it might've come straight from the 1970s. If only moving on always sounded this joyous.”  —THE FADER

“as pretty as all heavenly nice things” —VICE

“just enough sweetness and heart” —PITCHFORK

Alex Izenberg Caravan Château

Album | 31st July 2020

On Caravan Château – the beguiling 11-song reflection on the house of mirrors that is love – Izenberg creates a sophisticated world of his own, where songs that are somehow understated but lavish map the vagaries of our own uncertain hearts.

Tracklisting

  • 1Requiem
  • 2Sister Jade
  • 3Anne In Strange Furs
  • 4Disraeli Woman
  • 5Saffron Glimpse
  • 6Dancing Through The Turquoise
  • 7Bouquets Falling In The Rain
  • 8December 30th
  • 9Lady
  • 10Revolution Girls
  • 11Caravan Château
  • 12Disraeli Woman
  • 13I Don’t Want You To Hurt Anymore

Alex Izenberg Caravan Château

Album | 31st July 2020

On Caravan Château – the beguiling 11-song reflection on the house of mirrors that is love – Izenberg creates a sophisticated world of his own, where songs that are somehow understated but lavish map the vagaries of our own uncertain hearts.

Tracklisting

  • 1Requiem
  • 2Sister Jade
  • 3Anne In Strange Furs
  • 4Disraeli Woman
  • 5Saffron Glimpse
  • 6Dancing Through The Turquoise
  • 7Bouquets Falling In The Rain
  • 8December 30th
  • 9Lady
  • 10Revolution Girls
  • 11Caravan Château
  • 12Disraeli Woman
  • 13I Don’t Want You To Hurt Anymore
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