On Monday 1st July A GRAVE WITH NO NAME will return with a new album titled Whirlpool released on Stare Records - the debut release by the new London label. The album was recorded over the course of a year at Holy Mountain Studios in London with the help of an ensemble of musicians including Alanna McArdle (Ides), Akiko Matsuura (Comanechi) & Linda Jarvis (Echo Lake). Sample the first single 'Aurora' below.
'Aurora' by A Grave With No Name
A Grave With No Name will play a headline London show at Birthdays on Wednesday 17th July amid a host of UK & European dates with Youth Lagoon. All the details below.
Monday 8th July - PARIS, Trabendo*
Wednesday 10th July - AMSTERDAM, Paradiso*
Monday 15th July - LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club*
Tuesday 16th July - MANCHESTER, Gorilla*
Wednesday 17th July - LONDON, Birthdays+
Thursday 18th July - BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds*
Monday 22nd July - BERGEN, Landmark*
Tuesday 23rd July - OSLO, Parkeatreat*
*with Youth Lagoon
+Headline (with The Proper Ornaments, Old Forest)
A Grave With No Name.
On Monday 1st July A Grave With No Name will return with a new album titled Whirlpool on Stare Records. Recorded over the course of a year at Holy Mountain Studios in Hackney, Whirlpool is an album of contrasting beauty, from the hushed lullaby of 'Bones' and the piano-led curtain call 'Balloons', to the euphoric glee of 'Origami' and the album's opening song 'Aurora', which glides so perfectly with a sense of subtle romanticism.
The venture from bedroom to recording studio has encouraged a more collaborative approach to constructing songs, with a host of musicians contributing to the album including Linda Jarvis (Echo Lake), Akiko Matsuura (Comanechi) and Alanna McArdle (Ides).
Whirlpool completes a narrative trilogy for A Grave With No Name - a trilogy that began in 2009 with the release of Mountain Debris (No Pain In Pop), and continued with 2011's Lower (Boiled Egg). It's a narrative that confronts the theme of loss, something which could be considered a well trodden path within popular music, but Alex Shields has managed to mine his own distinctive voice, tracing a delicate fissure in the emotional radiography of longing to spellbinding effect. And in Whirlpool he has created his most accomplished and self assured work to date.
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