Tim Burgess announces ‘Ascent Of The Ascended’

Following rave reviews for his recent solo album, I Love The New Sky, Tim Burgess today announces news of a new EP, Ascent Of The Ascended, released 27th November via Bella Union and available to preorder here. The 6-track EP contains two superb new tracks, “Yours. To Be”, and “The Ascent Of The Ascended”, recorded soon after the album was finished, as well as four tracks recorded in New York City back in March as a live session for Paste magazine. Three of the tracks are from I Love The New Sky alongside a new version of The Charlatan’s classic ‘The Only One I Know’.

Of the lead track, “Yours. To Be”, Burgess says: “At the tail end of the glory of the night before – with all the hope and beauty that the following morning brings. Away from the glare of the party – like the calm after the storm has left town. It’s a feeling that’s so pure and uncluttered. It’s around a while, then real life starts to creep back in. It’s all about making the most of moments as they are happening .”

Burgess goes on to say: “There was an energy that came from recording the album with such a brilliant band – I didn’t want it to end, I wanted to record a bit of a magnum opus, which is where Ascent of the Ascended came in. I’d always wanted to work with Charles Hayward from This Heat, so we have him a ring and he said yeah. With “Yours. To Be” being almost like an instant feeling you get in a moment, very rarely in your life – the two songs are so different but they somehow complement each other. So an EP was the perfect idea.”

“We had so many plans for playing live this year – from South by Southwest to Glastonbury and everything in between. But that wasn’t to be. We played four shows in New York before lockdown happened – so our session for Paste Magazine was such a rare event, we’ve included the songs to complete the EP.”

“A gorgeous, summery slice of psych pop that’s peppered with nods to a who’s who of musical innovators. From the opening chords of Empathy for the Devil, which give a nod to The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry, to the delightful Comme D-Habitude, which conjures up Sparks in their pomp, there’s not a bad note on the album.” Evening Standard – 5 stars *****

“Sunshine pop gently nudged and bustled off-centre by playful experimentation… There’s a lot going on here, yes, but with Burgess on such dynamic form, its all good.” MOJO – 4 stars ****

“Joyful and exuberant, it recalls the good cheer of post-Beatles Paul McCartney, while ‘Sweetheart Mercury’ has something of the sunshine pop of Super Furry Animals.” The Times – 4 stars ****

“This is an adroit, cohesive pop treasure melding early 70s Todd Rundgren, Nilsson’s introspection and the art-pop of Kevin Ayers and post-Roxy Eno.” The i – 4 stars ****

“An optimistic celebration, driven by hooky melodies and strong choruses: Lucky Creatures relishes its Scott Walker-ish spaciousness, stretching out in swirls of synth and string, while Sweetheart Mercury has a vamping rhythm enlivened by squelchy Moog. It’s all crowned by the confidence of I Got This, which reconciles Charlatans-esque country-soul Hammond to classy baroque-pop ba-ba-bas in a way that is unabashedly uplifting.” The Observer – 4 stars ****

“Fifth and best solo outing from the Charlatans frontman… The connective sense of an on-the-hoof holiday from the day job, plus emotionally deep and humorous lyrics, make this a winner.” Q – 4 stars ****

“Composed in the Norfolk countryside, the record has a wonderfully expansive feel. It’s big and brash, from the freewheeling strumming and plonks of piano on ‘Empathy for the Devil’ to the whirling, psychedelic synths of ‘The Warhol Me’. For a time of such profound melancholy, it’s comforting to hear Burgess with such a sunny outlook.” The Independent – 4 stars ****

“His best in years… With feel-good abandon, the confidence of these bold, varied arrangements shines from the speakers… An infectious album where ideas are abundant.” Record Collector – 4 stars ****

“The Beatles, Sparks, Abba, 10cc, Stereolab – all these and more are conjured up on 12 tracks full of space, complexity, beauty and lyrical wizardry.” Sunday Times

“Hugely uplifting, these twelve tracks are rich in melody and bear a loose and lovely feel.” The Sun – 4 stars ****

“Burgess is one of a kind. Each solo effort reveals more of his idiosyncratic nature. The boy wonder’s eye for a pop melody and a deft pop hook remains sharper than ever.” Shindig – 4 stars ****

I Love The New Skyindulges a love of classic pop rock, with sweet melodies, pop-literate lyrics and arrangements packed with delightful details.” The Telegraph

“The lone approach  seems to have indulged more of Tim Burgess’s agreeable idiosyncracies… We’re enchanted.” Uncut – 7/10