Following last month’s announcement that their new album, 10 Songs, will be released on October 9th on BMG and the release of the album’s impressive first single “ A Ghost ”, beloved Scottish band Travis unveil dynamic new track, “Valentine”.
Written by frontman Fran Healy and co-produced by Fran and Robin Baynton, “Valentine” possesses sizzling energy and a spark that burns bright in the contrast between Fran’s soft, soothing vocals and Andy Dunlop’s heavy guitar lines. Of the track, Fran said, “ Valentine was recorded as a predominately live performance in December 2019 at Rak Studios in London. It’s the closest Travis has gotten sonically to our debut album, Good Feeling. Alex Harvey-esque .” The band have received an enthusiastic response around the world since that very first release in 1997. Since then they’ve filled arenas around the globe and taken home a slew of awards, including the Brit Award for “Best British Group” – twice! The forthcoming album, 10 Songs, is yet another example of work that shows why Travis is one of the UK’s best.
Listen to ‘Valentine’ – BELOW:
Co-produced by both Fran and Robin Baynton (Coldplay, Florence & The Machine), and recorded at RAK Studios as 2019 turned into 2020, 10 Songs is an album about the way life comes at love and what love does to weather those challenges. It’s grown-up. There’s sizzling synergy in abundance, and many of its songs benefit from the almost psychic sense of mutual attunement that comes from being in a band whose line-up hasn’t changed in its entire collective lifetime.
It’s been twenty-five years since the four members of Travis first set foot in a Glaswegian rehearsal room. At various points along the trajectory between then and now, the band have sold millions of albums, they’ve been the subject of the award-winning feature-length documentary Almost Fashionable and Fran has elicited acclaim from Paul McCartney, Elton John and Graham Nash – all songwriters whose ability to divine a timeless melody out of thin air has sustained them through the decades.