Manic Street Preachers unveil new album The Ultra Vivid Lament, first single Orwellian and UK tour

Manic Street Preachers by Alex Lake

Manic Street Preachers by Alex Lake

It’s the fourteenth studio album from Manic Street Preachers.

Manic Street Preachers have confirmed their new album The Ultra Vivid Lament for release on September 3rd.

Orwellian is the first single, described by the band as, ‘about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war’.

“As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield. Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s It’s My Life with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo.”

“It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to The Ultra Vivid Lament.”

The rest of the album reflects its first single; written initially on piano before being taken into Rockfield Studios during the past winter in the company of regular collaborator Dave Eringa and, on The Secret He Had Missed and Blank Diary Entry respectively, guest vocalists Julia Cumming of Sunflower Bean and Mark Lanegan.

Also detailed is a UK and Ireland tour for the autumn to go with the long planned shows for NHS and key workers at Cardiff Arena, and festival appearances including Y Not and Electric Park.

The Ultra Vivid Lament tracklist:

Still Snowing In Sapporo
The Secret He Had Missed
Quest For Ancient Colour
Don’t Let The Night Divide Us
Complicated Illusions
Into The Waves Of Love
Blank Diary Entry
Happy Bored Alone

Tour dates:

16 – Cardiff, Arena (NHS workers show)
17 – Cardiff, Arena (NHS public show)
30 – Pikehall, Y Not Festival

7 – Linlithgow, Party At The Palace
29 – Alcester, Camper Calling Music Festival

10 – Halifax, Live at Piece Hall
18 – Jersey, Electric Park Festival

26 – Newcastle, City Hall
28 – Edinburgh, Usher Hall
29 , Dundee, Caird Hall

1 – Stoke On-Trent, Victoria Hall
2 – Manchester, Apollo
4 – York, Barbican
5 – Glasgow, Barrowlands
7 – Leeds, Academy
8 – Portsmouth, Guildhall
10 – Bournemouth, Academy
11 – Cambridge, Corn Exchange
13 – Bath, Forum
14 – Bristol, Dome

3 , London, Wembley Arena

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