Visit our home on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you will most likely hear Rufus Wainwright playing over our Sonos. We think his voice and compositions transcends time and space; and, his catalogue is a travelogue in decades and tenors. So it’s not surprising that we’re eagerly awaiting his upcoming new release which celebrates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
With his latest offering Rufus goes back to the Bard. Working with Marius DeVries who produced “Want One” and “Want Two,” Rufus marries his music to Shakespeare’s Sonnets featuring an iconic group of collaborators: Carrie Fisher, William Shatner, Helena Bonham Carter, and Martha Wainwright. Florence Welch, from Florence + The Machine also performs (see video below) on the track in “A Woman’s Face.” Only a Wainwright can bring together this eclectic cast of performers.
For the Wainwrights, performing is a family affair. His mom and dad are none other than folk singers Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III and his sister and often (live) collaborator is Martha Wainwright. He’s built on this legacy and created classics of his own, like “Grey Gardens,” “Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk,” “April Fools,” his cover of “Hallelujah,” and one of our favorites,”I Don’t Know What It Is”. His catalog of the last 20 years makes for a broad range of sonic sojourns. Always willing to break out of boxes, Rufus famously covered Judy! at Carnegie Hall and wrote an opera, “Prima Donna,” the last of which featured Cindy Sherman.
We are excited to bring Shakespeare à la Rufus into our weekend routine.