- 28 Jan 21
May's sixth studio album, ’11 Past The Hour’, is out on Decca Records on April 23rd.
The globally revered Imelda May is making an eagerly awaited return with her first new music in four years.
Imelda delves into desire - romantic and carnal - with ‘Just One Kiss’, showcasing the musician's prowess as a wordsmith and storyteller. The lustful low-slung blues number brings her back to the forefront of the music scene.
“It's about that moment you know it can go either way," Imelda May says of 'Just One Kiss'.
"The sharp notion if you succumb you might just lose control. The split-second decision you know might change everything, with just one kiss. Could you resist?”
After an idle texting exchange with her friend Noel Gallagher, he happily joined in to duet with Imelda and brought his “great vibe and kick-ass voice” to the rock tale.
May met long-time friend Ronnie Wood when the pair shared a stage in a Dublin blues basement when she was only 16.
“He’s just joyous to be around," May says of working with the icon. "It’s infectious. He’s fast, really on-the-ball, and he knows intuitively when something is working.”
Her sixth studio album, 11 Past The Hour, is a record that brims with sensuality, emotional intelligence, spirituality and intuition - showcasing May at her most authentic.
Alongside collaborators Gallagher, Wood and Miles Kane as well as featuring inspired contributions from feminist thinkers and activists Gina Martin and Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu; the album is an invigorating blast of rock with a reinvigorated purpose.
Mostly written with co-producer Tim Bran (London Grammar, Primal Scream) and string arranger Davide Rossi this brave album shows an Irish artist diving deep into her true self.
“11 Past the Hour is my truth. I always write with meaning and from my heart as that’s the reason I write, to connect with my own story at each particular moment and I hope therefore I connect with others during theirs, even if just for a while," Imelda May says of the new project.
"I’d like to think I can put into words and music what we all feel sometimes. We all laugh, sing, love, cry, dance, kiss, care. We all experience lust, anger, joy, worry, sorrow and hope. Sometimes we stay silent and hold it all in and sometimes we dance and throw it all to the wind with abandon, but one thing is for sure is we are in this life together. Each song is a moment in my life. Each life is a moment in time. Every minute counts.”
Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, Imelda has become one of Ireland’s most famed female artists in history.
Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to go on tour with him, Imelda has gone on to perform duets with artists including U2, Lou Reed, Sinead O Connor, Robert Plant, Van Morrison, Jack Savoretti and Elvis Costello. Last summer, Imelda released her debut poetry EP ‘Slip of the Tongue’ to widespread critical acclaim and received global recognition for her poem ‘You Don’t Get To Be Racist and Irish’ - used by the Irish government’s ReThink Ireland campaign.
Watch the video for ‘Just One Kiss’ below: