“Like the rarest and greatest artists, Rufus Wainwright captures life in all its reckless glory and painful beauty…sometimes even in a single song. Any Rufus fan knows this: as soon as you hear him, you can’t imagine a world without him.” – Cameron Crowe
GRAMMY® Award-nominated singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has unveiled the latest single from his eagerly anticipated new pop album, UNFOLLOW THE RULES. “Alone Time” is available now at all DSPs and streaming services; an official companion video, created by award-winning animator Josh Shaffner and featuring illustrations by Wainwright and Shaffner, is streaming HERE. UNFOLLOW THE RULES arrives via BMG on Friday, July 10.
“‘Alone Time’ is the end title of my upcoming album, UNFOLLOW THE RULES,” says Rufus. “An old school record that attempts to take the listener on a rich journey through the myriad of experiences of this thing we call ‘life.’ It is my belief that with everyone and everything, ultimately, all conclusions are about solitude and the acceptance of that fact, and that often this is a very beautiful realization. But today, in these dark times, I’m thinking a lot about the thousands of people who, due to COVID-19, are forced to experience intense isolation at the end of their days in order to save others, and the incredible fear that that must entail. This track is humbly dedicated to them; it is a wish of hope and a prayer for grace that they feel some sense of joy and comfort in knowing they are performing such an incredible act of sacrifice for humanity.”
Rufus is offering fans further solace with his ongoing #Quarantunes series of #MusicalEverydays and #RobeRecitals, presented each day via his official Instagram HERE and Facebook HERE. The daily videos see the singer-songwriter supreme performing new songs from UNFOLLOW THE RULESalongside classic catalog favorites, surprising rarities, and beloved cover versions. Catch Rufus perform “Alone Time” on Instagram today at 10am PT/1pm ET / 6 pm BST.
Rufus Wainwright plays the following in the UK this October and November.
Tues 13th SOUTHAMPTON, O2 Guildhall
Weds 14th CARDIFF, St David’s Hall
Fri 16th OXFORD, New Theatre Oxford
Sat 17th LIVERPOOL, Olympia
Sun 18th CAMBRIDGE, The Corn Exchange
Tues 20th SOUTHEND-ON-SEA, Leas Cliffs Pavilion
Weds 21st BIRMINGHAM, Symphony Hall
Fri 23rd SHEFFIELD, City Hall
Sat 24th GATESHEAD, The Sage
Sun 25th EDINBURGH, Usher Hall
Tues 27th YORK, Barbican
Weds 28th MANCHESTER, Bridgewater Hall
Fri 30th EXETER, The Great Hall
Sat 31st BRIGHTON, Brighton Dome
Mon 2nd LONDON, The London Palladium
Tues 3rd LONDON, The London Palladium
Wainwright’s ninth studio LP and first new pop album since 2012, UNFOLLOW THE RULES finds the artist at the peak of his powers, entering artistic maturity with passion, honesty, and a new-found fearlessness while remaining as creative, bold, and mischievous as ever. Produced by Mitchell Froom (Crowded House, Paul McCartney, Richard Thompson, Suzanne Vega, Randy Newman) at a variety of legendary Los Angeles studios – including Sound City Studios, United Recording, and EastWest Studios – the album serves as both bookend to Act I of an extraordinary career which, like UNFOLLOW THE RULES, began in the studios of Los Angeles, but also now as the first lines of a remarkable new chapter. Inspired by middle age, married life, fatherhood, friends, loss, London, and Laurel Canyon, songs like “Only The People That Love” and the spirited, symphonic “Hatred” find the gifted singer-songwriter ready to tackle new challenges, yet compelled to confront his past by making sense of how he has grown both as a musician and the contended family man he has become.