Announces new album ‘Summer of ’13’ to be released 27th May 2016 on Nude Records
Listen to first single below
Tour dates through out May and June.
Through its electronic pop sheen, Summer of ’13 sees Malcolm Middleton heading in a clearly defined new direction. His first album for seven years and the sixth solo album from the ex-Arab Strapper, is set for release on the relaunched Nude Records in late May. In Malcolm’s songs hope and optimism have always existed (they were just well hidden) and ‘catchy’ has always been his prime prerogative, but with the new album glimmering with heady production, this clearly shines through.
After a brief hiatus following 2009’s Waxing Gibbous album, Summer of ‘13 began taking shape in-between Malcolm’s 2012 instrumental project Human Don’t Be Angry and collaborating with David Shrigley on their Music And Words album in 2014. Moving to the wilds of Fife and making his new base a haunted old clocktower provided the ideal seclusion and isolation to allow creativity to flow and re-ignite that latent pop spark.
Calling upon the expertise of Glasgow-based dance producer Miaoux Miaoux, the album also features guest appearances by Beta Band/The Aliens founder Gordon Anderson aka Lone Pigeon (also creator of the album’s artwork, technicolour photography and who became a ‘soundboard’ for Malcolm after he moved into the cottage next door). De Rosa’s Martin John Henry and First Aid Kit’s Scott Simpson also add to the albums sonic swirl and sense of fun.
The resultant album is a wonky tonk fun-land of squelching synths and sweeping strings, take first single the romantic ‘You & I’ as a prime example. “This was one of the first songs that Miaoux Miaoux worked on. He added the funky, bubbling bass and made it all more widescreen and driven. Gordon Anderson’s advice to “sing from beneath your accent” was experimented with unsuccessfully here. Or maybe I was trying to sound like Gary McNuman? I don’t know.” Malcolm reveals.
Malcolm has always enjoyed challenging his listeners and this time around is no exception; his ‘newly re-found’ pop personality shouldn’t come as a surprise or out of character; “It’s just a natural progression from my previous albums,” he offers casually, “when you reach rock bottom artistically, and I believe I have done on occasion. Then the only way from there, as Yazz once said, is up.”
Happily, Malcolm is taking Summer of ’13 on the road this Spring ’16. Tickets available from here: http://www.malcolmmiddleton.com/#!gigs/c1jl9
07/05 Kirkcaldy, Adam Smith Theatre
25/05 Aberdeen, Lemon Tree
26/05 Dundee, Beat Generator Live
27/05 Glasgow, The Art School
28/05 Edinburgh, Electric Circus
31/05 Gateshead, Sage Gateshead
01/06 Oxford, The Bullingdon
02/06 London, The Lexington
03/06 Liverpool, Leaf
04/06 Manchester, Deaf Institute
‘Summer Of ’13’ Tracklisting and Pre-order with various boutique packages: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/malcolmmiddleton
2. You & I
3. Information In The Voice
5. Like John Lennon Said
6. Little Hurricane
7. Music Ticks
8. Summer Of ’13
9. Big Black Hole