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New Ivy Album
December 13, 2004, 10:39 pm

Edited By Jonathan Cohen.
December 13, 2004, 2:45 PM ET

New Ivy Album 'Clear' For Takeoff

New York rock act Ivy will release its next album, "In the Clear," March 1 via Nettwerk. The 10-track set blends the more electronic-oriented sounds of 2001's "Long Distance" with the more guitar-oriented leanings of Ivy's early albums, best heard on the dark, driving "Tess Don't Tell" and the lush, piano-driven opener "Nothing but the Sky."

In a first, the band employed a guest vocalist for album closer "Feel So Free," which features Girls Against Boys' Scott McCloud dueting with Ivy's Dominique Durand. Other guests on the set include Smashing Pumpkins/A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha and Brazilian string arranger Ze Luis.

"In the Clear" was mixed by the U.K.-based Steve Osborne (New Order, Happy Mondays), who crossed the Atlantic for his first New York-based studio session.

Ivy is planning to tour next year in support of the album. The group also recorded a cover of Vince Guaraldi's "Christmastime Is Here" for the Nettwerk holiday collection "Maybe This Christmas Three," released in October.

Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

Source: Billboard