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Norah Jones releases new single, “Staring at the Wall”

Song is part of the artist's next album, Visions, in stores on March 8

Norah Jones has shared a new song, titled “Staring at the Wall,” along with a video that was directed by Jones and Kyle Paas and includes studio footage as well as Norah’s handwritten lyrics.

It’s the second song to be revealed from the nine-time GRAMMY-winning singer, songwriter and pianist’s vibrant ninth solo studio album, Visions, which will be released on March 8 via Blue Note Records. A collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Leon Michels, the album was unveiled last month with the single “Running”.

“This is one of my favourites,” says Jones of “Staring at the Wall,” which was co-written by Jones and Michels and features Norah on vocals, guitar and piano and Leon on bass, drums and tambourine. “It was a kind of left turn about the rest of the album’s themes. It’s the first time I’ve played guitar with Leon, we were just trying to come up with something different. I picked up the guitar and he picked up the drums and it all started from there. Sometimes it’s so fun to play music, and I feel like on this album there were a lot of those moments. He had a really good guitar sound, so it felt good.”

Visions is a vibrant and joyful 12-song set that finds Jones singing about feeling free, wanting to dance, doing the right thing and accepting what life brings her. It’s the yang to the yin that was “Pick Me Up Off The Floor,” Jones’ last album of originals that was released at the start of the 2020 pandemic lockdown and served as a harbinger of many of the dark emotions of that period.

“The reason I titled the album “Visions” is because a lot of the ideas came to me in the middle of the night or in that moment before bed, and ‘Running’ was one of them where you’re half asleep and half awake,” he says. Jones. “We wrote most of the songs the same way, with me on the piano or guitar and Leon playing the drums, and we just played, without a concrete objective. I like the rawness that it feels between me and Leon, the way it sounds kind of garage but also moving, because that’s where he comes from, but also not overly polished.”

Michels played saxophone with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and performed with Lee Fields & The Expressions, Dan Auerbach’s band The Arcs, Menahan Street Band and his own project, El Michels Affair. Michels and Jones first collaborated on the single “Can You Believe” and later worked together on Jones‘ holiday album I Dream of Christmas (2021). Visions also features contributions from trumpeter Dave Guy, bassist Jesse Murphy and drummers Brian Blade and Homer Steinweiss.

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