Today sees the release of acclaimed Georgian-British singer-songwriter Katie Melua’s latest single, “A Love Like That”, a beautifully orchestrated and gloriously cinematic exploration of love, with lyrics by Melua and production by English composer Leo Abrahams. The song is accompanied by a visually stunning video by award-winning director Charlie Lightening and featuring actor Billy Howle. Melua has also revealed details of her forthcoming new studio album, Album No. 8, to be released on BMG on October 16th.
Katie Melua is one of Britain’s most successful musical artists, with a catalog that has been certified 56 times platinum around the globe. Originally from Tbilisi, in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Melua moved to the UK at the age of eight. Something of a prodigious musical talent she released her debut album Call Off The Search when she was just 19 years old. Since then, Melua has released seven UK Top 10 studio albums: Call Off The Search, Piece By Piece, Pictures, The House, Secret Symphony, Ketevan and, most recently, 2016’s self-produced, critically acclaimed In Winter, which she recorded with the Gori Women’s Choir in her native Georgia. She and Kate Bush are the only two British female artists in UK chart history to reach the Top Ten with seven consecutive albums.
“A Love Like That” is the first song to be taken from Melua’s eighth studio album Album No. 8. The lyrics see her attempting to reconcile the knotty complexities of real-life love to its fairytale counterpart. Elsewhere, Melua draws from the vernacular of folk songs to evoke a sense of magic-hour wonder mirrored by string arrangements whose depth and movement evoke Charles Stepney’s work with Rotary Connection and Ramsey Lewis.
“A Love Like That” is songcraft at its finest, with Melua’s faultless performance completely inhabiting the song and the musical presentation and arrangements expertly executed by Leo Abrahams, co-composer Sam Dixon, and mixers Cameron Craig and Luke Potashnick. The full cast of exceptional musicians on this track also includes drummer Emre Ramazanoglu, flutist Jack Pinter, and The Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra. The video for “A Love Like That” is the first in a series of stunning visuals Melua has collaborated on with the award-winning director Charlie Lightening (Paul McCartney, Liam Gallagher, Kasabian) and featuring actor Billy Howle (Star Wars, Dunkirk, Outlaw King).