Jamie Lenman Announces New Mini Album, King Of Clubs
Jamie Lenman has announced a brand-new mini album, King Of Clubs.
The release is due out on September 25 through Big Scary Monsters, and follows Jamie’s excellent 2018 covers album Shuffle. To coincide with the announcement, the musician has also released a new single The Road To Right, which was premiered on Radio 1 last night and now comes with an accompanying music video.
“This is a song I was writing before we started Shuffle, so I shelved it when I realised that was going to be all covers,” explains Jamie of the track. “Then by the time I was touring that album, I wanted to play something new and Road… was just sitting there ready to go. It got a great reception, maybe because it’s quite a ‘traditional Jamie Lenman song’, if there is such a thing. People just like new music, really.
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“Lyrically it’s very introspective, similar to the stuff on [2017 LP] Devolver. It deals with the concept of ‘finding yourself’ and what to do if you actually manage that, only to discover what you really want is to get as far away from yourself as you can.”
Speaking of King Of Clubs as a whole, Jamie continues: “I didn’t want to make another full album straight after Shuffle; I wanted to give people more time to digest that, but I did want to get back to the studio fairly quickly and record something original just to remind people I’m still a songwriter first and foremost. I was wary of repeating what we’d done with [one off single featuring Justine Jones from Employed To Serve] Long Gone coming after Devolver, so I tried to make an EP instead of a single – but by the time I got there, I’d written so much material on the road and in rehearsals we ended up with enough for a mini album. I’ve always loved the format; so many of my favourite records are seven or eight tracks long, I think it’s a perfect package. It’s the musical version of a novella, like Conrad’s Heart Of Darkness or Waugh’s The Loved One, which I was actually reading at the time of recording. It’s a dirty, dark-sounding record based on uncomfortable, conflicting emotions.”
Check out The Road To Right below:
Listen to Jamie Lenman’s new single, The Future Is Dead, featuring PENGSHUi’s Illaman.
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