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Haunting and other-worldy new record from Ed Harcourt, his ninth studio album and his second release on Point Of Departure following 2018’s release, Beyond ‘The End’.
Recorded at his own ‘Wolf Cabin’ studio in rural Oxfordshire between January and October 2019, this beautiful 12-track album was written and produced entirely by Harcourt. It features Clive Deamer from Portishead on drums on three tracks, and Gita & Amy Langley on violin & cello respectively.
The new album is full of rapturous outreach. It was made with an interesting blend of instrumentation, ancient and modern. There’s a 1910 Hopkinson baby grand piano, and also a dulcitone, a 19th-century oddity where hammers strike an array of tuning forks.
Double heavyweight black vinyl housed inside a gatefold sleeve with high gloss finish. Artwork designed by renowned photographer Steve Gullick.
The first single ‘Drowning In Dreams’ is accompanied by stunning video filmed in Iceland, directed by Gullick.
A much-acclaimed recording artist who released his Mercury Prize nominated debut ‘Here Be Monsters’ on Heavenly Records in 2001, in recent years Harcourt has gained acclaim for his songwriting for a variety of artists. He’s co-written songs with Marianne Faithfull, Lisa Marie Presley, Paloma Faith, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Orbital’s Paul Hartnoll.
He’s featured on albums with Mark Lanegan and alongside an intercontinental array of musicians, from Egypt and Tanzania to Argentina and Russia (this global cast featuring on the 2019 album Beyond Music: Same Sky).
Moving from bands to the big screen, Ed has written for several soundtracks, including the recent superhero comedy ‘Supervised’ and the 2014 drama ‘Like Sunday, Like Rain’.
A1. First Light
A3. Drowning In Dreams
A4. Her Blood Is Volcanic
B1. Only The Darkness Smiles For You
B2. Death of the Siren
B3. After The Carnival
B4. Last Rites
C1. So Here’s To You, Hally
C3. King Raman
C4. Monochrome Into Colour