Hey folks, we have two really astounding albums up for release next month:
ED HARCOURT releases his fifth full studio album LUSTRE on Piano Wolf on June 14th.
His first for four years, it’s a dazzling statement of intent and rejuvenation from a singer/songwriter/musician who hasn’t always received the acclaim his gifts deserve. Now a proud father and a much-in-demand writer/producer, he’s delivered a set of songs about birth, love, light and darkness which glistens with genius.
The album was recorded at Bear Creek Studio, just north of Seattle, with co-producer Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, The Gossip) and mastered by Gavin Lurssen (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) “If my last album was weighed-down, this one is a buoy,” remarks Ed. “It floats. It’s about that gleaming quality – the vitality, the passion – that drives you to keep going and not give up. It poured out of me. I’ve always been ready, but now it’s like nothing I’ve ever felt.”
From the opening euphoria of “Lustre” to the lupine howl of “Heart Of A Wolf”, from the sunny yet subversive Beach Boys pop of “Do As I Say Not As I Do” to the beautiful truths of “Fears Of A Father”, this feels like the finest Ed Harcourt album yet.
Between 2001 and 2006 he released Here Be Monsters (Mercury-nominated), From Every Sphere, Strangers and The Beautiful Lie. Having now parted ways with Heavenly/EMI, worked with many of the biggest and best names in music (from Patti Smith to Mark Linkous, from Paloma Faith to Tom Jones), and started his own studio (Werewolf) and his own label (Piano Wolf), he’s “in a good place, confident and in control.” The first single from the album will be ‘Do As I Say, Not As I Do’.
Delays release their fourth album ‘Star Tiger, Star Ariel’ on 21st June 2010, through Lookout Mountain Records, preceded by the debut single ‘Unsung’ on 14th June.
LINKS: www.thedelays.co.uk / www.myspace.com/delays
British indie rock band Delays debut album ‘Faded Seaside Glamour’ was released on Rough Trade Records in 2004, and became one of the most critically acclaimed records of that year. “First band in a decade to lay serious claim to the Stone Roses throne” (The Guardian), “Heavenly pop glory” (Q). Second album ‘You See Colours’ came out in 2006, and saw Delays firmly established on the British music scene.“Shimmering pop perfection” (Q), “Delays soar above.” (NME), “You won’t hear a better album all year” (The Sun). ‘Everything’s The Rush’, released through Fiction Records in 2008, took the bands sound in a grander, more cinematic direction, uniting them with legendary producer Youth. Although critically acclaimed – “Pop song mastery uniquely honed to perfection” (The Fly), “This album dazzles with wide-eyed wonder” (NME), “Glistening Pop” (Q)
Determined to strip their sound back, the band found inspiration in their hometown of Southampton and it’s melancholic history. Written as a soundtrack to late night drives through the New Forest and sunrise at the docks, ‘Star Tiger Star Ariel’ truly reflects the bands depth, ambition and integrity.
Brothers Greg and Aaron Gilbert, alongside Colin Fox on bass guitar and Rowly on drums, recorded the album at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth (Queen, Stone Roses) with Duncan Lewis who produced their first hit album. Greg says “The first album sounded like the sun, the second album like a club, ‘Everything’s The Rush’ was a festival, but this album sounds like roots beneath the city shaking the buildings at night. This record is about being lost, and the dream of being found. It is our most personal record, and, more than anything, is a soundscape for our home.”
Delays have sold in excess 300,000 albums worldwide
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