Paolo Nutini’s new album Caustic Love, his first studio release since 2009’s Sunny Side Up, hits the U.S. starting September 16 (it debuted at the #1 spot on the UK Album chart and has placed in the top 10 the past 15 weeks). In support of his new work, Nutini starts up a U.S. tour next month, and fans who haven’t heard his latest music can check out the new short film that’s inspired by his song “Iron Sky.”
The track is one of Nutini’s most compelling lyrical pieces, and part of the song’s inspiration comes from Charlie Chaplin’s famous speech from The Great Dictator (Nutini employs a section of Chaplin’s stirring monologue in his song).
As much as I love Nutini’s previous material, there is an added maturity and universal dimension to “Iron Sky,” and it’s a track that attempts to reach the sonic and emotional depths of Marvin Gaye’s seminal album What’s Going On.
Director Daniel Wolfe’s short film for Iron Sky seamlessly blends with the song’s yearning for individuality in an high tech and industrial age. “I was sent the track with no explanation from Paolo,” said Wolfe. “As a child I stared at the planet Jupiter and had a vivid hallucinatory experience. A feeling of abject terror, in bondage to an omnipotent machine. When I heard the Chaplin quote (from the song) I remembered this clearly. So the video became a dystopian vision of the future as imagined by a child in the 80’s.”
After a September 15 stop in Toronto (Sound Academy), Nutini heads to the U.S. for select engagements. The dates are below:
9/17 Lincoln Theatre Washington DC
9/19 House of Blues Boston, MA
9/20 The Trocadero Theatre Philadelphia, PA
9/22 Terminal 5 New York, NY
9/23 Apollo Theater New York, NY
9/25 Roseland Theater Portland, OR
9/26 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
9/29 House of Blues San Diego, CA
10/2 Granada Theater Dallas, TX
10/4 Warehouse Live Ballroom Houston, TX