Following on from the brooding, atmospheric ‘Like Caruso’ single in March and showcasing the diversity of his upcoming and highly anticipated fourth solo album ‘The Deluder’ – ’Jupiter’ sees Roddy and his band in a surreal & playful mood channeling both solo McCartney and Pavement, in a quirky, melodic and memorable pop song.
On the new single ‘Jupiter’ Woomble says:
“ The song actually started out as something I was making up for (and with) my son, who is eight years old and quite interested in astronomy – working on it with my band, who are all adults, it developed and took on a new meaning; the emphasis, and hope we place in mysterious things we don’t fully understand. Constellations, Planets, astrology, the secrets we keep from each other, while still aiming to keep some of the fun, irreverent nature of the original idea, both in the music and lyrics”
The video for the song (watch below) was filmed in Berlin by director Oscar Sansom, a long-standing collaborator with Roddy.
Roddy Woomble releases his new album ‘The Deluder’ on September 1st on A Modern Way/Empty World and will be touring the UK during September and October. After Idlewild’s 2015 album ‘Everything Ever Written’, the band were set on writing and recording another album straight away, and they started that process off, however, everyone’s life took over in one way or another and they decided to take a break from it for the time being.
Up in the Hebrides, with winter approaching Roddy decided to start with another sort of record, what would turn into his most personal, introspective album of songs. Working mainly with Andrew Mitchell (Guitar and Bass) Danny Grant (Drums, Programming) and Luciano Rossi (Piano, Keyboards, Bass) over the winter of 2016/17 in Edinburgh, London and the Isle of Mull he recorded and mixed the album ‘The Deluder’. The record was produced and performed by the four of them, with contributions with other long-standing collaborators Hannah Fisher (Violin & Vocals) and Sorren Maclean (Guitar).
Roddy doesn’t do themes, he collects songs together and records them over a period of time, and a loose narrative starts to develop between them. It’s a mix of listening, reading, think travelling and writing that combines into something slightly new each time, on every record. That said, during the course of writing and recording ‘The Deluder’ Roddy turned 40 and the emphasis we place on age, particularly moving from one decade into another was not lost on him this time around, “The significance is either there or not, it depends on your circumstance and how much time, thought, and angst you care to put into it” said Roddy.
On turning 40 Roddy looked to two quotes, one from George Orwell – ‘At 40 a man has the face he deserves’ , the other by Danish philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer – ‘The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary’. “That certainly got me thinking,” said Roddy, “‘The Deluder’ might be some sort of reaction, maybe justification, in the context of my life, my relationships, my choices – in the face of those ideas.”
As frontman of Scottish indie rock band Idlewild, Roddy has notched up eight acclaimed albums and three compilations, two of which charted in the UK top ten. They have released twelve UK top forty singles and have toured throughout the world, as a headline act, and also as support to REM, U2, Pearl Jam and the Rolling Stones amongst others.
Sun 20th Doune The Rabbit Hole, Doune
Sat 2nd O2 Academy 2, Liverpool
Sun 3rd Moseley Folk Festival, Birmingham
Mon 4th The Sage, Gateshead
Wed 6th The Boileroom, Guildford
Thur 7th Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth
Fri 8th 02 Academy 2, Oxford
Sun 10th Con Club, Lewes
Mon 11th Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate
Sat 7th Mareel Arts Centre, Shetland
Thu 12th The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
Fri 13th Pleasance, Edinburgh
Sat 14th City Halls, Glasgow
Mon 16th Birnam Arts Centre, Birnam
Tue 17th Deaf Institute, Manchester
Wed 18th Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
Thu 19th The Musician, Leicester
Fri 20th Islington Assembly Hall, London
Sat 21st Thekla, Bristol
Sun 22nd The Globe, Cardiff
Tue 24th Brudnell Social Club, Leeds
Thu 26th Voodoo, Belfast
Sat 28th An Tobar, Isle of Mull