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In the Post #160: Ben Howard announces his new album ‘Noonday Dream’ with first single ‘A Boat to an Island on the Wall’

 
By on Monday, 9th April 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

If you follow Ben Howard‘s social media, you might have noticed a quiet but mysterious breeze blowing around his internet persona recently. That soft breeze became a full blown wind last Wednesday, as Howard announced the impending release of ‘Noonday Dream’, his first solo album in 4 years, which follows his breathtaking 2014 album ‘I Forget Where We Were’. Howard hasn’t been entirely idle in the interim, releasing an EP and a full long player last year with his side project A Blaze of Feather.

Howard has previewed ‘Noonday Dream’ with lead single ‘A Boat to an Island on the Wall’, which received its first radio play last Wednesday on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac. In the accompanying interview with the DJ legend, Howard himself described the song as “a bit of a patchwork quilt”. He went on to briefly explain the song’s birth and evolution over time: “It went through a lot of different lives, this one, and I think you can sort of tell.”

Indeed, the song’s soundscape moves through palpable stages over the course of its 7-minute duration, starting with an a harsh, synthetic intro and progressing to a lighter acoustic backdrop under Howard’s softly intoned vocals. The entire recording has a broad, airy quality, in contrast to some of the heavier tones he’s taken in the past, and distant voices in the background suggest a vast sense of open space. About halfway through the track, layers of percussion and keyboards add light and color to the sonic palette, and the texture thickens dramatically with the introduction of a dark guitar melody near the end.

Produced by Howard himself and recorded at various locations in England and France, ‘A Boat to an Island on the Wall’ sounds like not only a continuation of what Howard did on ‘I Forget Where We Were’, but an even further extension of that atmospheric neo-folk sound. Lyrically the new song is as evocative and elusive as Howard has ever been in his writing, but musically he extends well beyond his acoustic folk rock beginnings. Take a listen to ‘A Boat to an Island off the Wall’ via Spotify at the bottom of this post.

8.5/10

‘Noonday Dream’ is due out on the 1st of June on Island Records. Just after the album’s release, Howard will play the below list of live dates in the UK. Listen back to Ben Howard’s interview with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and the song’s first play through here; the stream will be available for the next 24 days. find TGTF’s past coverage of Ben Howard back through here.

Wednesday 13th June 2018 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 14th June 2018 – London Hammersmith Apollo
Thursday 28th June 2018 – Edinburgh Playhouse
Friday 29th June 2018 – Manchester Albert Hall
Saturday 30th June 2018 – Cornwall Eden Sessions

 

Frank Turner / November and December 2012 UK Tour

 
By on Wednesday, 18th April 2012 at 9:00 am
 

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls have announced a massive tour for winter 2012. Tickets go on sale this Friday (20 April) at 9 AM.

He’s such a nice guy, he even switched the Norwich gig to be at the UEA so the show would be all ages. What a gent!

Sunday 11th November 2012 – Nottingham Rock City
Monday 12th November 2012 – Leeds Academy
Tuesday 13th November 2012 – Liverpool Academy
Wednesday 14th November 2012 – Swansea Brangwyn Hall
Thursday 15th November 2012 – Reading Hexagon
Saturday 17th November 2012 – Newcastle Academy
Sunday 18th November 2012 – Edinburgh Picture House
Monday 19th November 2012 – Sheffield Academy
Tuesday 20th November 2012 – Norwich UEA
Thursday 22nd November 2012 – Margate Winter Gardens
Friday 23rd November 2012 – Wolverhampton Civic Hall
Saturday 24th November 2012 – Leamington Spa Assembly
Sunday 25th November 2012 – Lincoln Engine Shed
Monday 26th November 2012 – Oxford Academy
Wednesday 28th November 2012 – Brighton Corn Exchange
Thursday 29th November 2012 – Southampton Guildhall
Friday 30th November 2012 – Cornwall Truro Hall
Saturday 1st December 2012 – Bath Pavilion

 

Newton Faulkner / October 2009 UK Tour

 
By on Monday, 13th July 2009 at 9:38 pm
 

Crazy Ginger Dreadlocked guy Newton Faulkner has announced a full October tour.

Tickets are priced £16, except Cornwall and York £16.50, London and Manchester, £17.50, Belfast £20, Dublin 22 Euros. Tickets go on sale on Friday, 17th July.

Monday 12th October 2009 – Glasgow ABC
Tuesday 13th October 2009 – Newcastle City Hall
Wednesday 14th October 2009 – York Opera House
Friday 16th October 2009 – Ipswich Regent Theatre
Sunday 18th October 2009 – Warwick Arts Centre
Monday 19th October 2009 – Manchester The Lowry
Tuesday 20th October 2009 – London Shepherds Bush Empire
Thursday 22nd October 2009 – Swansea Brangwyn Hall
Friday 23rd October 2009 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
Sunday 25th October 2009 – Liverpool Philharmonic
Monday 26th October 2009 – The Hall For Cornwall
Tuesday 27th October 2009 – Portsmouth Guildhall

 
 
 

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