Gin Wigmore's latest North American tour got off to an auspicious start.
The New Zealand-born singer -- who now lives in Los Angeles -- lost her voice after a show in Washington, D.C., forcing her to postpone a few dates while she recovered. "It's not good," Wigmore, 29, says by phone from Vermont. "It's hurts as well when you have to make those calls.. The guilt that comes with it is awful. But when you're sitting there hardly able to say one word, you don't have a choice."
The good news is that via medication and meditation, Wigmore is back on form and on the road. The shows have been good, and a new set of warm-up exercises is keeping her voice in shape. "That weird routine...is the best part of my day," she says with a laugh.
Most importantly, Wigmore is able to keep pushing her third album, "Blood To Bone," which came out last June and was her third consecutive No. 1 release in her homeland. The album delves deeper into electronics and ambience than either of its two predecessors, which Wigmore acknowledges was a significant learning curve for her.
"It was about finding other genres and styles of music that are out there that I can take from," she explains, "and learning a different way and approach to writing -- not just writing on a guitar or piano, which is how I usually wrote before. So now I feel comfortable in writing to just the drum beat or some kind of spooky synth, which I was never really comfortable wtih before."
Those, Wigmore says, have become "tools to start writing new songs," which she's already doing. Wigmore has about eight songs so far and is eyeballing a summer release for new material. But, she adds, it wont' necessarily be a full album this time.
"In my ideal world I don't want to release another album," Wigmore says. "I want to go back and release an EP or just have a few songs, just another little something towards the end of the year and then do it again the following year and just do things more regularly, just to release the pressure on me.
"I get too wound up, you know? When we put two, three years but an album, it's just too much build-up and too much pressure. I think putting our more music more regularly is better for everyone -- good for me and good for fans, 'cause you're constantly giving them stuff. I think that's where my head's at now for the next batch of music."
Tuesday, April 12. Doors open at 8 p.m.
The Magic Bag, 22920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale.
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