Jerry Leger Releases New Single and Announces Re-release of Two Albums
Jerry Leger is releasing the single 'Jumped In The Humber' and is releasing his albums 'Time Out for Tomorrow' and 'Songs from the Apartment' on vinyl
Acclaimed Canadian songwriter Jerry Leger is releasing a new single entitled Jumped In The Humber, available for purchase and streaming on January 21st, 2021. The single is an outtake from Leger’s 2019 album Time Out For Tomorrow, which is being released as a deluxe edition on March 26th, 2021. Also out on March 26th is the vinyl release of 2020’s home-recorded album Songs From The Apartment.
As with all the tracks from Time Out For Tomorrow, Jumped In The Humber was produced by Michael Timmins of alternative folk/rock band Cowboy Junkies and recorded with Leger’s long-time backing band, The Situation. As Torontonians and Ontarians will note, “Humber” is referencing the Humber River, the 100km river with two main branches that join north of Toronto and then flow into lake Ontario.
Jumped in the Humber was dropped last minute from Time Out For Tomorrow, though Leger kept it in his back pocket, expecting to release it in some way in the future. One indigenous name for the Humber River, “Niwa’ah Onega’gaih’ih,” “Little Thundering Waters”, might sum up the atmosphere of the track. It has a moody, powerful sound and tempo that supports foreboding lyrics like “You're hired if you know how to drive /can you gun this sucker to the deep Eastside." The opening lyric, “Jumped in the Humber, or was he pushed” makes one sit up in their seat on first listen.
This new single will be included as an exclusive flexi-disc record with the deluxe edition of Time Out For Tomorrow. Leger’s favourite part of the release is the flexi-disc: “You don't see those around a lot anymore, but they used to come free with music magazines or promo packages. You'd get an unreleased Bob Dylan song or The Clash or somebody. I own a Who flexi-disc and all of the original Beatles fan club Christmas records were on flexi-disc.” Also included in the deluxe is the album on vinyl, a download of the album with 18 exclusive bonus tracks, and a limited edition sticker and autographed poster. This edition will only be available for order from the official website store. For fans who already own Time Out For Tomorrow, the deluxe edition will also be available to order excluding the vinyl.
Leger and his band were booked to tour Time Out For Tomorrow all across Europe when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March 2020. Like so many artists, he had to cancel the tour and swallow some costs. In place of touring, Leger thought it would be fun to assemble a deluxe edition of the record with bonus tracks and extra merch. Time Out For Tomorrow is a must-buy for new fans of Leger; upon its November 2019 release the album received praise from the legendary Rolling Stone, Uncut, American Songwriter, Americana UK, The Arts Desk, and fellow Canadian songwriters Doug Paisley and Ron Sexsmith. It’s the third album in a row produced by Michael Timmins and released on the Cowboy Junkies’ record label, Latent Recordings.
The other vinyl release out on March 26th and available for pre-order January 21st is 2020’s Songs From The Apartment. The acoustic album was a surprise release during the first COVID-19 lockdown in Toronto, in late March 2020. Songs From The Apartment was initially only available digitally, and consists entirely of demos that Leger had recorded over the years in his home in Toronto’s Little India. The intimate performances struck a chord with many fans who were stuck at home and filled with anxiety. “All shows were cancelled or postponed and it was almost therapeutic for me getting this record together. It also went from being just a surprise record for the fans at a difficult time for all of us, to becoming a favourite of mine. I like having an album like this, completely solo, when you can hear songs recorded at home right after they were written. Not knowing if anyone beyond myself would hear it. It naturally allows a relaxed and uninhibited performance.” Songs From The Apartment will be released on translucent red vinyl as a limited run of 300 copies. This vinyl release includes a bonus track, the piano ballad “Sweep It Under The Rug”, which is also available as a download with the deluxe edition of Time Out For Tomorrow.