The Road: Lines of tarmac separating villages, towns and cities. The mission: to map stories from the in-between. Motorways, trunk routes, junctions and roundabouts, bridges and contours. Whose stories live on the road? Runaway lovers, fugitive fathers, romantic dreamers, those who are simply lost. Ballardian fetishists, secret adulterers, container drivers, sex workers, tired adventurers heading for home. And us.
Kate Jackson is back. The former frontwoman of the Long Blondes is pleased to announce her debut solo album, British Road Movies, due for release 20th May via Hoo Ha Records. The record was written by Jackson alongside guitarist and producer Bernard Butler (Suede, The Tears) at West Heath Studios in London. These ten songs were conceived as cinematic starting points, movie titles with lyrical story-boards. With ‘British Road Movies’ Jackson paints scenes and tells stories, paying homage to the colour, weather and architecture seen from every car windscreen.
Backed by her band The Wrong Moves, Jackson has also announced a performance at this year’s Great Escape Festival and an instore at Rough Trade East:
19th May – The Great Escape, Brighton
20th May – Rough Trade East, London (7pm)
British Road Movies takes in eclectic musical styles, from synth driven glam rock to Blade Runner electronica, faded piano allure to sweeping strings alt-country. All these recordings have two things in common, Jackson’s unique vocal top line and Butler’s instantly recognisable guitar. These are big, melodic alternative pop songs, with the guitarist’s naturally cinematic production perfectly complementing the narrative of the record. Listen to ‘Metropolis’ below…
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