***New album STAGES out Jan 10th 2020 + ESP #6***
We appreciate this has been a long time coming, but we needed to get this right, and we are now there. We can confirm today that our 5th record, STAGES, will be available January 10th 2020 on CD/LP/download via Chord Orchard, with pre-orders opening on October 12th this year. Beyond this new record we are also already deep into preparing the follow-up, a ‘sister’ album of sorts – AVENUE DOT. We will follow up both releases with as many shows as we can financially and logistically manage. In the meantime we are delighted to share a first track from the new record – Roles Reversed – our first new music since 2013, no less. Feels surreal and wonderful to finally have some new music for you lovely folks – we hope you love it as much as we do. ❤ https://chordorchard.bandcamp.com
Scroll on down for the full scoop from Al…
“Several years after our mother passed away, I sat down one day and wrote the rough shape of an album; a concept album, as it were. I took on the multiple perspectives of the experience of death and grief – trying to imagine my mother’s feelings and how she experienced both her life and her death, as well as how others in the family may have felt and reacted, as well as my own sense of overcoming this grief.
Having spent some time working out the songs with a new group of musicians, culminating in recording (and completely shelving) the project, around a year or so ago we decided to bring this project back from retirement and re-tool it, re-imagine it, and re-record it. Thus, we present ESP #5 – Stages – our personal tribute to our mother, our family, and ourselves.
Hopefully, this personal vision and interrogation of grief may provide others with a roadmap of sorts to navigate these deep, dark, universal feelings – not in a depressive, maudlin manner, but rather with an honest, reflective, and ameliorating tone. As Kelly Jones once sang: you gotta go there to come back.
More recently, I once again sat down and visualised the shape of an album… one song written in reaction to the last, and so on… the theme of this collection of songs became a roadmap for navigating one’s own depression and negative feelings towards oneself. Essentially, a record about mental wellbeing, positive attitude, and, if you will permit the term: self-love! These songs constitute a second, ‘sister’ album: Avenue Dot, which will also be release in the early part of 2020.
14 songs in total.
Written and sung by myself, produced and recorded by Thomas, these albums are truly collaborative and represent a new period in our output, with my writing having been less than forthcoming in recent years – I have now hit a peak, I hope. I am extremely proud of these pieces of work, both in their honesty and their construction. It is a strange feeling to be a fan of one’s work and genuinely satisfied and engaged with it: often in the past, I have felt I have ‘got away’ with things, or not been able to fully realise my ideas. Not so here.
The records are entirely self-produced, with mixing by our longtime collaborator Matthew Twaites. I couldn’t be prouder of how ’Stages’ sounds, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. I cannot express my gratitude to my brother for helping me realise my ideas and for galvanising this project into what it has become.
I cannot wait to share this new work with our audience and the wider world. We both hope that people will enjoy this work, and fall in love with it as we have, and I personally hope that if people are suffering from feelings of grief, of loss, of self-doubt, of depression, that these works can offer some solace, some relief, some respite, some distraction, some healing, some positivity; some light in all that darkness out there.
Thank you for your support and for hanging with us all this time, and I hope you will enjoy this new era of the group.