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BIFFY CLYRO ANNOUNCE SURPRISE NEW PROJECT

BIFFY CLYRO SURPRISE NEW PROJECT ‘THE MYTH OF THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ TO BE RELEASED ON OCTOBER 22ND

A HOMEGROWN PROJECT THAT REPRESENTS A REACTION TO ‘A CELEBRATION OF ENDINGS’ AND A RAPID EMOTIONAL RESPONSE TO THE TURMOIL OF THE PAST YEAR

FEATURING THE NEW TRACK ‘UNKNOWN MALE 01’ – AN EPIC AND REFLECTIVE SIX-MINUTE SONG

Biffy Clyro will release the surprise new project ‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ on October 22nd. The record is a homegrown project that represents a reaction to their #1 album ‘A Celebration of Endings’ and a rapid emotional response to the turmoil of the past year. It is the ying to the yang of ‘A Celebration’, the other-side-of-a-coin, a before-and-after comparison: their early optimism of 2020 having been brought back to earth with a resounding thud. It’s the product of a strange and cruel time in our lives, but one that ultimately reinvigorated Biffy Clyro.

“This is a reaction to ‘A Celebration of Endings’,” says vocalist / guitarist Simon Neil. “This album is a real journey, a collision of every thought and emotion we’ve had over the past eighteen months. There was a real fortitude in ‘A Celebration’ but in this record we’re embracing the vulnerabilities of being a band and being a human in this twisted era of our lives. Even the title is the polar opposite. It’s asking, do we create these narratives in our own minds to give us some security when none of us know what’s waiting for us at the end of the day?”

Grounded by lockdown, Biffy Clyro recorded ‘The Myth’ in a completely different way to how they approached ‘A Celebrations’. Rather than spending months in Los Angeles, they traded one West Coast for another by recording for just six weeks in their rehearsal room (converted DIY style into a fully functional studio by rhythm section brothers James and Ben Johnston) in a farmhouse closer to their homes.

The trio went in with the intention of completing some unfinished songs from ‘A Celebration’, but instead ‘The Myth’ took over as it started to take shape late in 2020, with everything written and recorded within a ten-mile radius. Traditionally, 90% of Biffy songs have been written in Scotland before the band head to London or Los Angeles for recording, but this represented the first time they’ve ever recorded in their homeland. As Simon jokes, “It’s our first full-on tartan album!”

‘The Myth’ blends experimental flourishes with flashes of old school Biffy. ‘Existed’ is the moment that shaped the record an elegant expression of self-doubt that redefines the sonics of the band’s catalogue of vulnerable slowburners, while ‘DumDum’ is an even bigger departure, having been constructed primarily around soft synths sampled from Simon’s voice. And ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’ is just as audacious a closer as ‘Cop Syrup’ from ‘A Celebration’. It also represents one of a selection of “easter eggs” or “turns of phrase” that subtly complement and contrast the two records.

At the other extreme, devoted fans will connect with the feral anger of ‘A Hunger In Your Haunt’, the arena-scaled drama of ‘Errors In The History of God’ and the sheer catchiness of ‘Witch’s Cup’.

‘The Myth’ has been launched alongside the new track ‘Unknown Male 01’. In six adventurous minutes, the band explore every facet they’re renowned for, taking in the unguarded emotion of its introduction, a skewed off-kilter breakdown, and a jagged, spiralling riff that builds towards a cataclysmic crescendo. The song reflects on friends who have taken their own lives.

“When you lose people that you love deeply and have been a big part of your life, it can make you question every single thing about your own life,” he says. “Like a lot of creative people, I struggle with dark thoughts. If you’re that way inclined you realise you’re staring at darkness, but you don’t want to succumb. Those moments don’t stop. As the song says, ‘The devil never leaves.’ There’s never a day where you wake up thinking, ‘I feel great, it won’t cross me ever again.’”

A recurring concept of the album is the power of personal convictions, which have taken on an almost religious fervour via the echo chambers of social media and news platforms. But that idea has the nuance to rise above contrasting sides of an argument, arguing that greater unity and open-mindedness is the only way forward. Elsewhere, it spans everything from gaslighting to the ultimate devotion of cults and the beautiful failure of a Japanese racehorse.

Pre-order the album at: http://store.biffyclyro.com

‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ is now available to pre-order, with ‘Unknown Male 01’ provided as an instant download. It will be released on CD and digital formats, as well as a limited edition red vinyl which is packaged with a must-have bonus CD for fans: full audio of the acclaimed livestream show that Biffy Clyro performed at Glasgow Barrowland in August 2020 to commemorate the release of ‘A Celebration of Endings’.

‘The Myth of the Happily Ever After’ tracklist:

  1. ‘DumDum’
  2. ‘A Hunger in Your Haunt’
  3. ‘Denier’
  4. ‘Separate Missions’
  5. ‘Witch’s Cup’
  6. ‘Holy Water’
  7. ‘Errors in the History of God’
  8. ‘Haru Urara’
  9. ‘Unknown Male 01’
  10. ‘Existed’
  11. ‘Slurpy Slurpy Sleep Sleep’

After headlining Reading and Leeds last weekend, Biffy Clyro will also play further large-scale outdoor gigs this summer at Cardiff Bay and Glasgow Green, followed by the intimate ‘Fingers Crossed Tour’ in October/November. Plans for 2022 are also taking shape, with a huge Sunday night headline set at Download. Please see the band’s official website for a full list of shows and ticket information.

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DESK OF CHARLI XCX…


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE DESK OF CHARLI XCX…
 
I HAVE RELEASED A NEW SINGLE CALLED ‘GOOD ONES’ WITH A DEMONIC CO-DIRECTED MUSIC VIDEO MADE FOR THE ULTIMATE POPSTAR AKA: ME
 
LISTEN TO ‘GOOD ONES’ HERE

 
IF YOU DON’T – YOU’LL BE CURSED FOREVER.


Today, I, the inimitable Charli XCX, am releasing a brand new single ‘Good Ones’, accompanied by a twisted, dramatic and quite frankly electrifying music video.


 
The first single of my new chapter embraces all that my life has to offer in today’s world – fame, glamour, inner demons and global hits. ‘Good Ones’ was produced by Oscar Holter of Max Martin’s Wolf Cousins entity, and laments my inability to keep hold of healthy relationships, instead being endlessly drawn back to the dysfunctional and toxic.
 
Filmed in Mexico and co-directed by my new favorite director: Hannah Lux Davis, the ‘Good Ones’ video sees me dramatically mourning the untimely loss of my partner as I battle with the realisation that once again I’ve abandoned the goodness in my life, in favour of the sinister, with a visual aesthetic that marks a new era of me: Charli XCX.
 
I have announced 3 special sold-out how I’m feeling now shows:
 
September 27th @ Masonic Lodge, Los Angeles (haunted)
 
October 1st @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York (cursed)
 
October 24th @ Lafayette, London (portal to another dimension) …
 
Enter at your own risk…
 
This month, I launched my first standalone podcast ‘Charli XCX’s Best Song Ever’. I talk to friends and guests from around the world, to discover the songs that have been instrumental in shaping their lives. Everyone’s taste so far has been undeniable, and honestly I’m a brilliant interviewer… there’s really nothing I can’t do… maybe I’m possessed?
 
Listen to the podcast here.
 
As you already know, I am an iconic figure in the arts, and have helped expand the landscape of popular music over the last decade by seamlessly traversing the underground and the mainstream with my output.
 
My innovative approach has opened up new possibilities within the pop sphere for both myself and others. You’re welcome.
 
Follow me here.
 
Listen to ‘Good Ones’ here.
 
Watch the ‘Good Ones’ video here.
 

PINK FLOYD ‘A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON’ REMIXED & UPDATED RELEASED OCTOBER 29th

PINK FLOYD ‘A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON’ REMIXED & UPDATED

RELEASED OCTOBER 29th

THE CLASSIC ALBUM, REMIXED AND UPDATED AND IN ASTOUNDING 360 REALITY AUDIO

FEATURING LEARNING TO FLY, SORROW AND ON THE TURNING AWAY

Pre-order link here: https://PinkFloyd.lnk.to/AMomentaryLapse

Warner Music today announced that Pink Floyd’s ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason – Remixed & Updated’, will be released on October 29th 2021.

Remixed and updated from the original 1987 master tapes for ‘The Later Years’ by Andy Jackson with David Gilmour, assisted by Damon Iddins, the album will be available on Vinyl, CD, DVD, Blu-ray and digitally with Stereo and 5.1 mixes. In addition, for the first time, the album will be presented in 360 Reality Audio, a new immersive music experience that closely mimics the omni-directional soundscape of live musical performance for the listener using Sony’s object-based 360 Spatial Sound technologies. ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ will also be released in Dolby Audio and UHD in addition to 360 Reality Audio, all of which will continue with other Pink Floyd releases.

The release of ‘The Later Years’ project in 2019 gave an opportunity for a fresh overview of theA Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album, originally released in 1987.  By returning to some of Richard Wright’s original keyboard takes, and by re-recording new drum tracks with Nick Mason, producers David Gilmour and Bob Ezrin have restored a better creative balance between the three Pink Floyd members.

David Gilmour

“Some years after we had recorded the album, we came to the conclusion that we should update it to make it more timeless, featuring more of the traditional instruments that we liked and that we were more used to playing. This was something we thought it would benefit from. We also looked for and found some previously unused keyboard parts of Rick’s which helped us to come up with a new vibe, a new feeling for the album”.

David reflects on  originally recording the album: “Bob Ezrin had worked on ‘The Wall’ with us back in ’79 and on some solo albums with me. I learnt a lot from Bob and he’s a valuable person to have on board. We started working on pieces of music that I had been writing and, come Christmas, we knew it was going well. One day, I felt this ‘thing’ coming on me that became Sorrow. I wrote five verses one evening. They just flowed out from nowhere in one of those great serendipitous moments that you recognize later as having been very valuable…. I knew that we were on a good roll and that this thing was going to work.”

Nick Mason

“Initially it seemed a bit odd to start re-assembling a record after 35 odd years, but the public’s appetite for alternate views of the same work has undoubtedly increased immeasurably over time.

Inevitably the opportunity to revisit earlier work from a period where digital technology was the brave new world became increasingly interesting.

There’s little doubt of the advantages in being able to find new elements within the music, or more often uncovering elements that became overwhelmed with all that new science…I think there is an element of taking the album back in time and taking the opportunity to create a slightly more open sound – utilising some of the things we had learned from playing so much of the album live over two massive tours.

I enjoyed re-recording drum tracks with unlimited studio time. Momentary Lapse had been recorded under considerable stress and time constraints, and indeed some of the final mixing was done at the same time as rehearsals for the forthcoming tour.

It was also nice to have an opportunity to enhance some of Rick’s work. Again, that positive tidal wave of technology just might have provided too many digital opportunities to overwhelm the band feel. Hopefully, that’s one of the benefits of this remix!”

The remixed and updated ‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ album also features a new album cover using an alternative beds photo by Robert Dowling from the original album cover shoot directed by the late Storm Thorgerson. Echoing the iconic original sleeve the 2021 album artwork is designed and art directed by Aubrey Powell/Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon/StormStudios.

Aubrey Powell explained, “I was looking to update the iconic five hundred beds picture my partner in Hipgnosis, Storm Thorgerson, had designed. On looking through the archives I discovered a version where the sea was encroaching on the set, just before Storm shut down the shot worried he would lose all the beds. I also wanted to make something more of the microlight. There were no shots of the plane in close up, so I hunted one down that was similar but white, and had Peter Curzon retouch the fuselage with the right colouring – red –  then strip the microlight into the picture in an upfront position. David Gilmour and Nick Mason gave their approval and, voila, a fresh approach to an original favourite”. 

The album will be available as single CD, CD +DVD set, CD + Blu-Ray set, 2x 180gm LP set, the latter cut at half-speed at 45rpm for enhanced sound quality, with pre-orders from 2 September.   A special  version of the video Learning To Fly will be available simultaneously with Sony 360RA immersive audio: if you watch the video on YouTube with headphones you experience simulated 360RA sound.

‘A Momentary Lapse Of Reason’ 360 Reality Audio, Dolby Audio and UHD versions will be available via multiple Digital Service Providers on 19 October. All physical formats will be available on 29 October.

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