Baxter Dury has shared the title track to his upcoming new album Prince of Tears, to be released on 27th October 2017 via his new label Heavenly Recordings - available on vinyl, CD & DL.
Prince of Tears was recorded at the end of 2016 at Hoxa Studios, co-produced by Baxter himself & Ash Workman (Metronomy) and mixed by longstanding collaborator Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, New Order, Florence & the Machine).
Intensely personal, yet brutally open, this is Baxter’s fifth album and his most ambitious and biggest work to date. Whilst retaining the natty charm of his previous works, like his debut Len Parrot’s Memorial Lift or the acclaimed Happy Soup, Baxter this time worked with a full band and orchestra to truly bring the soundscapes of his emotional netherworld to life.
Speaking on the new single, Baxter states:
“Prince of Tears is a cinematic presentation of a small man’s attempt at being open”.
The album features notable guests; including longstanding fan Jason Williamson from Sleaford Mods on the track ‘Almond Milk’ and Rose Elinor Dougall on ‘Porcelain’, as well as long-term collaborator Madelaine Hart providing backing vocals across numerous tracks and illuminating some of the album’s dark corners.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
5. Almond Milk
6. Letter Bomb
10. Prince of Tears
‘The Album is full of little fictional snapshots based on actual experiences’, Baxter says of the ten songs. ‘They’re biographical film soundtracks for an imaginary film about myself, which is fictional. The man singing and speaking it all is unreliable; he can’t see the world properly. It's massively delusional, but because of that it’s also emotionally true’.
Following a recent sell-out 100 Club show that saw Baxter preview tracks from his forthcoming record and a run of EU festival dates, including End of The Road Festival, Baxter will be performing next in-store at London’s Rough Trade East – with KOKO to follow. The dates are:
31 – Rough Trade East, London
29 – KOKO, London (tickets)