Ahead of the release of her fifth studio album Life Love Flesh Blood, Irish singer-songwriter Imelda May is sharing an exclusive live video for her latest single 'Black Tears,' making its UK debut here on The 405.

Filmed on location in the legendary Maida Vale Studios, the track features slide guitar work from the indomitable Jeff Beck. "I knew it from the start," said Beck of May. "You cannot ignore talent this unique."

'Black Tears' was written by May in collaboration with Angelo Petragalia, known for his work with Kings of Leon, and the track was produced by T Bone Burnett.

Speaking about the live performance of the poignant, atmospheric performance of the new single, May had this to say:

"I was asked to perform an intimate showcase of some of my new material for record company, publishers, media and a few friends. They knew my sound had changed but hadn't really heard anything. I wanted it to be a relaxed evening and not 'showy' in any way. Almost like inviting them to a rehearsal with my now larger band. I've recorded in Maida Vale a few times and always loved the atmosphere, the history in the walls and the almost industrial look of it. A working studio. I asked for simple lighting, good sound and not much else. I was a little nervous with the thoughts of it but as soon as myself and the band started I was immersed in the music and reliving every moment that I wrote about. I was very proud to have my friend and producer of my album TBone Burnett come to introduce me but most importantly give his moral support and occasional whoops and hollers from the audience. Love him! It was a very liberating and special night for me. This is my new song and one of the moments recorded live from that night. This is 'Black Tears.' "

Check out the live performance of 'Black Tears' below, and look out for May's new album Life Love Flesh Blood, out through Decca on April 7. Her upcoming UK tour dates are below the video.

  • 4-May-17 - Ipswich - Regent Theatre
  • 5-May-17 - Cardiff - St. David's Hall
  • 6-May-17 - Cambridge - Corn Exchange
  • 8-May-17 - Southend - Cliffs Pavilion
  • 9-May-17 - Guildford - G Live
  • 11-May-17 - Reading - Hexagon
  • 12-May-17 - Bournemouth - Pavilion Theatre
  • 13-May-17 - Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall
  • 15-May-17 - Liverpool - Philharmonic
  • 16-May-17 - York - Barbican
  • 18-May-17 - London - Palladium
  • 19-May-17 - Bristol - Colton Hall
  • 20-May-17 - Manchester - Bridgewater Hall
  • 22-May-17 - Birmingham - Symphony Hall
  • 23-May-17 - Edinburgh - Usher Hall
  • 24-May-17 - Glasgow - Royal Concert Hall
  • 26-May-17 - Gateshead - The Sage
  • 27-May-17 - Belfast - Waterfront Hall
  • 29-May-17 - Dublin - Bord Gais Energy Theatre
  • 30-May-17 - Dublin - Bord Gais Energy Theatre
  • 31-May-17 - Dublin - Bord Gais Energy Theatre