Danger Island is the debut solo album from singer-songwriter MOLE. An expansive double album of 21 tracks, it has been more than five years in the making and will be released on 17 August 2018, on the Figs of London label, distributed by Cargo UK.
The album includes a stack of new songs, as well as a handful of older songs that never got a fair shake in the studio. Replete with rich, intricate string and brass arrangements, tuned percussion, and an array of beautifully understated guest performances, Danger Island is a kaleidoscopic jumble of experiments, fantasies and miniature symphonies. It is conceived as a proper, old-school double album, in the mould of The White Album, Tusk or London Calling – broad in scope and tone, colourful, ambitious, immersive. XS Noize is pleased today to premiere ‘My Suicide’ from Danger Island.
Below are a few words from Mole about the track:
“I finished the lyrics and decided to put it on the record in the week after the Brexit referendum, which, as an American-born EU citizen, affects me profoundly. We’d recorded the basic track more than a year before that, but the insanity and desperation around the referendum suddenly gave it new meaning and an urgent purpose. It isn’t really a song about suicide as much as it’s about suicide ideation, which I reckon a great number of people may well personally identify with, even while they might wince at the verbalisation of it. Obviously, the sentiment rang bells for me with the short-sighted revenge fantasy of the so-called protest vote. James Walbourne of the Rails and the Pretenders plays three of the guitar parts, including the solo. The piano is by Louis Vause (Madness, Graham Coxon, etc).”
Check out the exclusive XS Noize premiere of ‘My Suicide’ – BELOW:
Danger Island is being released in a deluxe double LP edition, in a gatefold sleeve with lyrics booklet and download card included, as well as a single CD edition in a six-panel digifile.