Summer's here and the time is right to tell you a heck of a lot of news!
First up, we've made a new album called I've Been Trying To Tell You that will be released on September 10th. It was recorded at Pete's Needham Sound studio and with Gurgles hero Gus Bousfield in Bradford. We're very proud of it. People who have heard the record have used words like "reverie" and "dreamlike". You may have heard snippets via Instagram and twitter.
Bob: "To me it's about optimism, and the nineties, and how memory is an unreliable narrator. Pete and Gus have done a properly amazing production job. I think it sounds gorgeous."
Sarah: "It's the first sample driven album we've made since So Tough and it's been a really refreshing experience, such fun! It's both dreamy and atmospheric, late summer sounds."
Pete: "We've really pulled apart and dived deep into the samples; the concept and each of our interpretations of it have made this a very special sounding album, we hope you think so too."
One of our favourite photographers Alasdair McLellan has made a film to accompany the album as well as doing all the stills photography for the record itself. It's beautiful – he's an amazing director and you've probably seen some of his Marc Jacobs ads. The film will premiere at NFT1 on the Southbank on 3rd September. Tickets go on sale to BFI members on Tuesday 3rd August and the general public on the Thursday 5th August here. News of more screenings around the UK and internationally very soon.
The premiere will be accompanied by a whole weekend of The Films Of Saint Etienne – from Finisterre to Holderness and all points in between - on the Southbank between the 3rd and 5th of August. Most screenings will be accompanied by Q&As with us lot, and details of all seven films and a selection of shorts can be found here.
The album itself with be available on both black and limited clear vinyl editions as well as a single disc CD and a limited double disc CD/DVD edition which includes both the album and the film ....you can pre-order certain formats from our brand new, super streamlined music shop here.
We're also thrilled that Rough Trade have made I've Been Trying To Tell You their album of the month for September and will offer an exclusive sky blue vinyl edition with a three track remix CD with mixes by Daniel Avery, Jane Weaver and Vince Clarke here.
There's also talk of a Heavenlyedition with free flexidisc - please check their bandcamp shop here for more details - and as if all that wasn't enough.....
.....if you like your albums 'super deluxe' we will be bringing you news of a limited edition box set with signed prints, film poster, DVD, exclusive 10" vinyl and 12" album very soon.
Last but not least we'll be taking this show on the road around the UK in November and we'd love to see you at one of the following dates...
November 18 Glasgow St Lukes 19 Sunderlandto be announced 20 London Alexandra Palace Theatre
23 Bristol Trinity 24 Birmingham Institute 25 Saltaire Victoria Hall 26 Liverpool Grand Central Hall 27 Hove Old Market
For the second collaboration between Mike Haunted & Chris KD, the two artists deliver a catchy and groovy synthpop song named ‘Neverending Sunrise’ that plays like an '80s movie, end credits song.
The lyrics talk about a couple on the run who has nothing left to lose. During a chase on the highway the two are mesmerized by a magnificent and infinite sunrise who is rising again and again like a loop sequence. It turns out they hadn’t realised they died in a car crash on this no-return road trip.
Mike had this to say about the track ‘It's certainly the most cheerful track that I have written so far so I wanted to add something darker, with a dramatic edge into the lyrics to create a paradox. Chris did the job wonderfully with an enticing melody and power delivery.
This single is the second part of three tracks which are like a triptych. They will be on the next Mike Haunted' s EP 's coming soon.