BEACH HOUSE unveil “Sparks”, the first single from new album “Depression Cherry”

With their new album Depression Cherry due for release 28th August on Bella Union, today BEACH HOUSE unveil ‘Sparks‘, the enthralling first single from this much-anticipated LP. The track is streaming via the link below and is now available via iTunes, Spotify etc.

Depression Cherry was produced and recorded by the band and Chris Coady at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana. The album is available for preorder now via iTunes. LP and CD versions of the album will come packaged in a sumptuous red velvet sleeve.

Beach House will be embarking on an extensive North American and European tour from August through to December which will reach the UK for the below four dates. For the entire tour read down the email…

Monday 26 October – GLASGOW – ABC

Tuesday 27 October – MANCHESTER – The Ritz

Friday 30 October – LONDON - Shepherds Bush Empire **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Saturday 31 October - LONDON - Shepherds Bush Empire

About Beach House…

Beach House is Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally. We have been a band for over a decade living and working in Baltimore, MD. Depression Cherry is our 5th full-length record. This record follows the release of our self-titled album in 2006, Devotion in 2008, Teen Dream in 2010 and Bloom in 2012. Depression Cherry was recorded at Studio in the Country in Bogalusa, Louisiana from November ’14 through January ’15. This time period crossed the anniversaries of both John Lennon’s and Roy Orbison’s death.

In general, this record shows a return to simplicity, with songs structured around a melody and a few instruments, with live drums playing a far lesser role. With the growing success of Teen Dream and Bloom, the larger stages and bigger rooms naturally drove us towards a louder, more aggressive place; a place farther from our natural tendencies. Here, we continue to let ourselves evolve while fully ignoring the commercial context in which we exist.

Here are a few quotes that we feel relate to the feeling and themes of this record:

— “I’ll never be able to be here again. As the minutes slide by, I move on. The flow of time is something I cannot stop. I haven’t a choice. I go. One caravan has stopped, another starts up. There are people I have yet to meet, others I’ll never see again. People who are gone before you know it, people who are just passing through. Even as we exchange hellos, they seem to grow transparent. I must keep living with the flowing river before my eyes.” - from Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

— “We inhabit a world in which the future promises endless possibilities and the past lies irretrievably behind us. The arrow of time… is the medium of creativity in terms of which life can be understood.” – from The Arrow of Time by Peter Coveney and Roger Highfield

— “Mostly it is loss which teaches us about the worth of things.” - from Parerga and Paralipomena by Arthur Schopenhauer

— “Hark, now hear the sailors cry, feel the air and see the sky, let your soul and spirit fly, into the mystic……

….when the fog horn blows, i want to hear it, i don’t have to fear it” - from “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison

Here is the tracklisting with selected lyrics.

1. Levitation – “The branches of the trees, they will hang lower now, you will grow too quick, then you will get over it”

2. Sparks – “It’s a gift, taken from the lips, you live again”

3. Space Song – “What makes this fragile world go ‘round, were you ever lost, was she ever found?”

4. Beyond Love – “They take the simple things inside you and put nightmares in your hands”

5. 10:37 – “ Here she comes, all parts of everything, stars in the motherhand”

6. PPP – “Did you see it coming, it happened so fast, the timing was perfect, water on glass…”

7. Wildflower – “What’s left you make something of it”

8. Bluebird – “I would not ever try to capture you”

9. Days of Candy – “I know it comes too soon, the universe is riding off with you…… i want to know you there, the universe is riding off with you.”

For us, Depression Cherry is a colour, a place, a feeling, an energy… that describes the place you arrive as you move through the endlessly varied trips of existence…

Depression Cherry will be released 28th August on Bella Union (Sub Pop Records in North America). Global tour dates and new photo by Shawn Brackbill below…

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Beach House Tour Dates

Aug. 18 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

Aug. 19 – Northampton, MA  - Pearl Street Nightclub

Aug. 20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

Aug. 21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom

Aug. 22 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s

Aug. 24 – Albany, NY – Upstate Concert Hall

Aug. 25 – Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel

Aug. 26 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

Sep. 17 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall

Sep. 18 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s

Sep. 19 – Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Theatre

Sep. 21 – Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theatre

Sep. 22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

Sep. 25 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown

Sep. 26 – Lawrence, KS – Liberty Hall

Sep. 27 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

Sep. 28 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall

Sep. 29 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom

Oct. 01 – Houston, TX – House of Blues

Oct. 02 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

Oct. 03 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

Oct. 04 – Nashville, TN –  The Ryman Auditorium

Oct. 06 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theatre

Oct. 07 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel

Oct. 08 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom

Oct. 24 – Belfast, UK –  Mandela Hall

Oct. 25 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street

Oct. 26 – Glasgow, UK – ABC

Oct. 27 – Manchester, UK – The Ritz

Oct. 29 – Paris, FR – Pitchfork Music Festival

Oct. 30 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire

Oct. 31 – London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire

Nov. 02 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

Nov. 03 – Brussels, BE – Autumn Falls @ AB

Nov. 04 – Koln, DE – Gloria

Nov. 05 – Luxemborg, LU – Den Atelier

Nov. 07 – Reykjavik, IS – Iceland Airwaves

Nov. 10 – Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene

Nov. 11 – Gothenburg, SE – Tradgarn

Nov. 12 – Stockholm, SE – Debaser Medis

Nov. 13 – Copenhagen DK – Vega

Nov. 14 – Hamburg, DE – Kampnagel K1

Nov. 16 – Berlin, DE – Huxley’s

Nov. 17 – Munich, DE – Freiheiz

Nov. 18  - Lausanne, CH – Les Docks

Nov. 20 – Barcelona, ES – Apolo

Nov. 22 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera

Nov. 23 – Lisbon, PT – Armazén

Nov. 24 – Porto, PT – Teatro sa da Bandeira

Dec. 09 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Dec. 10  - Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre

Dec. 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Dec. 18  - San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

JOHN GRANT announces third solo album, “Grey Tickles, Black Pressure”, released 2nd October on Bella Union

It’s been the most spectacular of journeys, from a place in time when John Grant feared he’d never make music again, to winning awards, accolades and Top 20 chart positions, collaborating with the likes of Sinead O’Connor, Goldfrapp and Elton John, as well as a Best International Male Solo Artist nomination at the 2014 BRITS Awards.

Now comes Grant’s third album, the invitingly titled Grey Tickles, Black Pressure, a veritable tour-de-force that further refines and entwines his two principal strands of musical DNA, the sumptuous tempered ballad and the taut, fizzing electronic pop song. There are newer musical accomplishments across its panoply of towering sound, like the title track’s new steely demeanour, while the ominous drama of “Black Blizzard” echoes both John Carpenter and Bernard ‘Black Devil Disco Club’ Fevre’s beautiful and icy synthscapes. The contagious, gleeful “You And Him” marries buzzing rock with a squelchy electronic undertow, while orchestral drama swathes the bad-dreamy “Global Warming” and the album’s gorgeously aching widescreen finale “Geraldine”. John has released a NSFW (or at least not for the squeamish!) album trailer featuring the title track which can be viewed below…

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure is available to pre-order now via iTunes

CD and Vinyl copies are now available for pre-order via the Bella Union Store

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure was recorded in Dallas with producer John Congleton (St Vincent, Franz Ferdinand, Swans) – coincidentally the same state of Texas where Grant nailed his 2010 solo debut Queen Of Denmark in the company of Denton’s wondrous Midlake. After that landmark return, which MOJO made its album of 2010, 2013’s Pale Green Ghosts was made in Icelandic capital Reykjavik (where Grant has lived ever since), which entered the UK Top 20 in its first week and ended up as Rough Trade Shop’s Album of the Year 2013, The Guardian’s No.2 and in MOJO and Uncut’s Top Five). Such recognition, iced by years of sell-out shows across Europe and a recent US tour as special invited guest of the Pixies, should allow the notoriously self-critical and insecure Grant the passing thought that Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will deservedly cement his reputation as the most disarmingly honest, caustic, profound and funny diarist of the human condition in the persistently testing, even tragic, era that is the 21st century.

“I do think the album’s great, and I’m really proud of it,” he says. “I wanted to get moodier and angrier on this record, but I probably had a lot more fun making it.” He cites “amazing” session keyboardist Bobby Sparks, “who really funked things up,” as part of that fun; likewise a month of Dallas sunshine “after a brutal dark winter in Iceland. And there was a lot of laughter.”

That said, fun isn’t the first ingredient you’d expect when you know the roots of the album title. “‘Grey tickles’ is the literal translation from Icelandic for ‘mid-life crisis’, while ‘black pressure’ is the direct translation from Turkish for ‘nightmare’,” Grant explains, an unusually gifted linguist (he’s fluent in German, Russian and now tackling Icelandic).

Nevertheless, there are plenty of positive streaks in Grey Tickles, Black Pressure. Grant, for one, is in fabulous voice throughout and has moved on from the specific subject matter that shaped both previous albums (though the concept of love always figures into the mix). “Disappointing” – featuring vocal guest Tracey Thorn – is an exuberant tribute to new love, against which Grant’s favourite Saturday Night Live comediennes, Russian artists and “ballet dancers with or without tights” pale in comparison. The album’s other two guests are vocalist Amanda Palmer and former Banshees drummer Budgie.

But the end result is indeed a moody, angry record, laced with levering humour and wounded pathos, yet as dark as Reykjavik in February. It starts and ends with spoken word snippets called, simply, “Intro” and “Outro”, both taken from the same Biblical quote (from 1 Corinthians 13) regarding the divinity of love that young John was taught in church. In between are 12 songs that document the reality of love on planet Earth, corrupted by “pain, misunderstandings, jealousy, objectification and expectations,” as Grant puts it.

The album’s last two songs are among its finest. “No More Tangles” fights against co-dependency “with narcissistic queers,” he sings, through the metaphor of hair care products. “It’s about not apologizing for who you are and not putting up with unnecessary bullshit from people who do not care about you”. But in “Geraldine” (as in the late Geraldine Paige, “one of freakiest, strongest, coolest actresses I’ve come across”), Grant’s latest actor-inspired song is Grant’s chance to ask her if she too had to “put up with this shit” that life dishes out.

So Grant still manages to keep fighting the good fight, and writing his way out of trouble with another fantastic record. “I want to continue to challenge myself,” he says. “To keep collaborating, to get the sound or the direction that will take me where I need to go. To keep taking the bull by the horns.”

Grey Tickles, Black Pressure will be released 2nd October on Bella Union. Album artwork, album tracklisting and European tour dates below…

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Grey Tickles, Black Pressure tracklisting:

1. Intro

2. Grey Tickles, Black Pressure

3. Snug Slacks

4. Guess How I Know

5. You & Him

6. Down Here

7. Voodoo Doll

8. Global Warming

9. Magma Arrives

10. Black Blizzard

11. Disappointing

12. No More Tangles

13. Geraldine

14. Outro

John Grant European tour dates:

Thursday 5 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa

Friday 6 November – REYKJAVIK – Eldborg Harpa

Monday 9 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street

Tuesday 10 November – DUBLIN – Vicar Street

Thursday 12 November – LONDON – Hammersmith Apollo

Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON – Dome

Sunday 15 November – PARIS – La Cigale

Thursday 17 November – BRUSSELS – Botanique

Wednesday 18 November – AMSTERDAM – Melkweg

Friday 20 November – LUXEMBOURG – Den Atelier

Saturday 21 November – ZURICH – Kaufleuten

Sunday 22 November – MILAN – Fabrique

Tuesday 24 November – COLOGNE – Buergerhaus Stollwerck

Wednesday 25 November – HAMBURG – Uebel & Gefahrlich

Thursday 26 November – BERLIN – Postbahnof

Saturday 28 November – AARHUS – Voxhall

Sunday 29 November – COPENHAGEN – Store Vega

Tuesday 1 December – GOTHENBURG – Pustervik

Wednesday 2 December – STOCKHOLM – Sodra Teatern

Friday 4 December – OSLO – Cosmopolite

Saturday 5 December – BERGEN – Logen

Sunday 6 December – STAVANGER – Zetlitz