Denver singer-songwriter Esmé Patterson has unveiled a new single – ‘What Do You Call A Woman?’ – to be released on 2 February 2015 through Xtra Mile Recordings. It is taken from the forthcoming, second solo album Woman to Woman - also out 2 February worldwide via Xtra Mile, excluding North America.
You can preorder Woman to Woman now from Xtra Mile Recordings' online shop, from Amazon or as a digital download from iTunes. Preordering now allows you to download the new single and album track 'The Glow' right now.
The album is a unique and inspirational record written from the point of view of women immortalised in popular songs over the years. ‘What Do You Call A Woman?’ is a response to the classic Michael Jackson hit ‘Billie Jean’.
Esmé explains: “Michael Jackson’s song ‘Billie Jean’ had always really bothered me. It's this slick pop hit by an artist that people worship, in which he literally says “the kid is not my son,” even though he admits “his eyes were like mine,” and he admits he followed her to her room, tacitly confirming they had slept together. And I was wondering how this woman would feel, how angry and abandoned.”
Listen to the song below:
Woman to Woman sees Esmé tackle the perceptions of Dolly Parton’s ‘Jolene’, The Beach Boys’ ‘Caroline, No’, The Beatles’ ‘Eleanor Rigby and more, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought-provoking album.
Patterson also appears on several tracks on the new Shakey Graves album one of which - ‘Dearly Departed’ - has received over 5,000,000 plays on Spotify, as well as appearing with him on the Conan O’Brien show in the US.
Woman To Woman tracklisting:
(Corresponding popular songs each track responds to are listed in parentheses)
1. Valentine (Elvis Costello - 'Alison')
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton - 'Jolene')
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt - 'Loretta')
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys - 'Caroline, No')
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band - 'Evangeline')
8. Bluebird (The Beatles - 'Eleanor Rigby')
9. A Dream (Leadbelly - 'Goodnight Irene')
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)