New York singer prepares new album

Celebrated New York singer Regina Spektor is due to return with her new album 'Far'.

Regina Spektor was actually born in the Soviet Union, and only emigrated to the United States with her family when perestroika introduced new liberal laws on travelling for citizens in the former Communist state.

The singer fell in love with rock when listening to her father's contraband cassettes as a child. Under communism rock, like most other western music, was discouraged and the selling of albums by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones was illegal.

Classically trained, Spektor began self-releasing albums gaining a cult following in the process. After signing to Sire she began to gain more mainstream acceptance, touring the world and releasing celebrated albums such as 'Begin To Hope'.

One group of friends who always knew her talent were The Strokes. The New York often talked up their friend in the press, with Regina Spektor recently appearing on bassist Nikolai Fraiture's solo album 'Time Of The Assassins'.

New album 'Far' is Spektor's first in more than two years. Released on June 22nd the record was produced by a lengthy cast with Jeff Lynne, Mike Elizondo, David Kahne and Jacknife Lee all taking spells behind the mixing desk.

Regina Spektor is set for a busy summer with the singer due to appear at plenty of festivals. So far she has confirmed performances at the likes of T In The Park, Oxegen, Latitude and Serpentines Sessions with more likely to be confirmed.

The first glimpse fans will get of Regina Spektor's new album will be the release of the single 'Laughing With' on May 18th.

Regina Spektor is set to release her new album 'Far' on June 22nd.

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