David Gray is back with his new single “The Sapling” today and a new album early in 2019!
David Gray has announced his brand new album “Gold In A Brass Age” and is trailing the announcement with its lead single “The Sapling”. He’s made the new album with producer Ben De Vries (son of producer/soundtrack composer Marius (“Ray Of Light“)), led by a writing and production approach exploring new electronic sounds.
David Gray today confirms release details for a new album “Gold In A Brass Age” – his first album of new material in four years – alongside a seventeen-date tour of the UK for 2019. The album will be available on March 8th 2019 through IHT Records/AWAL Recordings, with first single “The Sapling” out today. Produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius, “Gold In A Brass Age” finds Gray in renewed creative form. The album arrives just ahead of a run of headline shows, commencing at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on Friday 15th March and including London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday 17th March before culminating with two nights at Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April.
“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. Using a cut and paste approach to the arrangement of songs, the album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout. The album’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 striking artwork – for which Gray sought out Peckham-based Londonboy Tattooer – depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.
Speaking about the creation of “Gold In A Brass Age”, Gray says; “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. 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 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”.
Written in breaks between several month-long tour stints – which included a US co-headline run of shows with Alison Krauss, “Gold In A Brass Age” sees Gray’s unmistakable vocal hushed in many places to an intimate falsetto, to compelling effect. Hypnotic lead single and album-opener “The Sapling” bears out the nuanced approach in spades, with Gray’s rumination on the brevity of life tempered by layered vocals and a brass section including cor anglais and baritone sax. “Time ticking by is a theme that recurs throughout the record’ says Gray. “Fragility, renewal, a changing of perspective”.
“Gold In A Brass Age” will be David’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.
Live Dates for 2019:
Fri, 15 March – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
Sat, 16 March – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sun, 17 March – London, Royal Festival Hall
Tue, 19 March – Brighton, Dome
Wed, 20 March – Southend, Cliffs Pavilion
Fri, 22 March – Manchester, Bridgewater Hall
Sat, 23 March – Nottingham, Royal Concert Hall
Sun, 24 March – Gateshead
Tues, 26 March – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
Wed, 27 March – Bournemouth, Pavilion Theatre
Fri, 29 March – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
Sat, 30 March – York, Barbican
Sun, 31 March – Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
Tues, 2 April – Belfast, Waterfront
Thur, 4 April – Castlebar, Royal Theatre
Fri, 5 April – Dublin, Bord Gais Theatre
Sat, 6 April – Dublin, Bord Gais Theatre