David Gray confirms new album and tour

David Gray. Pic: Derrick Santini
David Gray. Pic: Derrick Santini

David Gray: “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently.” Pic: Derrick Santini

‘Gold In A Brass Age’ will be the singer-songwriter’s first LP in four years, with the release set for March

English singer-songwriter David Gray has confirmed the release of a new album, Gold In A Brass Age – his first album of new material in four years – alongside a 17-date tour of the UK in 2019. The album will be available on 8 March through IHT Records/AWAL Recordings, with the lead single The Sapling out today – watch the lyric video below.

Produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius, Gold In A Brass Age is defined by an intuitive approach from Gray, exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques in the process. The LP’s title is drawn from Raymond Carver’s short story Blackbird Pie and informed by the regenerative cut and thrust of Gray’s adopted home of London and a fascination with the natural world, which has long since consumed his time outside of music. The album’s artwork – for which Gray sought out Peckham-based Londonboy Tattooer – depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.

“With this album, my default position was to do everything differently,” said David. “I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook’ or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from the narrative. Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”

Gold In A Brass Age will be David Gray’s eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No 1 UK albums, including for the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder. It is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still revelling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way.

For more info about the man himself, his album and tour dates, visit davidgray.com

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