After many months of writing and recording, Iím pleased to finally announce details of my new album To The Bone, and a major European tour in early 2018 which includes a return to many of my favourite venues, including Londonís prestigious Royal Albert Hall. For my North and South American fans, expect to see further tour news soon.
To The Bone is due to be released on 18th August but is available now to pre-order in a variety of formats, including a special deluxe hard back 120 page book edition, which includes an exclusive full length CD of demos and unused songs, and a one-sided 7 inch vinyl single of a bonus instrumental song from the album sessions. Neither of these will be available anywhere else.
My fifth record is in many ways inspired by the hugely ambitious progressive pop records that I loved in my youth (think Peter Gabrielís So, Kate Bushís Hounds of Love, Talk Talkís Colour of Spring and Tears for Fearsí Seeds of Love). Lyrically, the albumís eleven tracks veer from the paranoid chaos of the current era in which truth can apparently be a flexible notion, observations of the everyday lives of refugees, terrorists and religious fundamentalists, and a welcome shot of some of the most joyous wide-eyed escapism Iíve created in my career so far. Something for all the family!
Was it you or was it me? Or was it he or she?
NB: despite what my name may suggest, I was not born in 1972