DAVID GRAY

Mutineers
Release:
27.06.2014
Label:
IHT RECORDS
Format:
CD
Article No.:
IHTCD1403
Format:
LP
Article No.:
IHTLP1403
David Gray has announced the release of a new album Mutineers on iht Records via Kobalt Label Services, the record will be Gray’s tenth studio album and his first in four years. In addition, Gray has also announced a full UK headline tour, commencing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on June 23 and including London’s Royal Albert Hall on June 24. The dates follow a sold-out US tour across April and May and a run of three intimate shows earlier this year at Westminster’s Emmanuel Centre – each night selling out immediately following an online announcement from Gray.
Twenty-one years since his first studio album, Mutineers finds David Gray steering into unfamiliar territory while cultivating a pugnacious but respectful relationship with his own history. “You have to sort of tear up the past and let it go,” says David.
David’s past includes the phenomenal success of White Ladder (seven million copies sold), one of 3 UK number one albums, Brit and Grammy nominations, and recent albums Draw The Line (2009) and Foundling (2010) both reaching the Billboard Top 10 in the US. Despite this, the only certainty David had at the commencement of his new recording was the need to surprise himself, not just in terms of how he worked, but the ideas that drove him and the people he worked with.
“I always write melody first and lyrics second, so I started to write lyrics down and think, right, I’m going to put this to music now. And that was a bizarrely uncomfortable process. And I was layering my voice; something I just found myself doing a lot on a lot of the new tracks. Again, to get away from the density of my voice, just the intensity of it, it’s so loud, it’s so intense, it’s so direct – so singing more softly, singing in falsetto, singing under the voice in a lower voice, finding new sounds, so that it was still me, but it sounded different.”
It’s a shift instantly audible on Mutineers, an album whose ancestry David sees as more in the neighborhood of John Martyn’s Small Hours perhaps than its predecessors in his own catalogue. As well as the change in tonem there’s a rising sense throughout the record, from the opening affirmation of ‘Back In The World’ to its conclusion, of an artist liberated from even his own expectations.
01
Back in The World
02
As the Crow Flies
03
Mutineers
04
Beautiful Agony
05
Last Summer
06
Snow in Vegas
07
Cake and Eat It
08
Birds of the High Arctic
09
The Incredible
10
Girl Like You
11
Gulls