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Sunday 26 February 2017

Let The Dancers Inherit The Party: Brighton's British Sea Power Return With Tales Of Media Manipulation

Brighton's British Sea Power are set to release their first new material in four years. Melodic, direct and brimming with emotional urgency, Let The Dancers Inherit The Party is an album where rock muscularity joins inseparably with pop immediacy like a crate of the finest sparkling wine exploding inside a Marshall stack. 

Across their entire history, British Sea Power have taken a broad and panoramic perspective that's drawn on historical events while mirroring the ageless wonders of the natural world. 

Let The Dancers Inherit The Party's twelve songs cover subject matters ranging from the stars in the night sky to the methodology of media manipulation. 

Both consistently contemporary and consistent in mood, the album alludes to a world full of chaos and disorder whilst seeking to answer that world with optimism and hope.
 
British Sea Power guitarist Martin Noble says of the album: 

"It was made to a background of politicians perfecting the art of unabashed lying, of social-media echo chambers, of click-bait and electronic Tonka Toys to keep us entertained and befuddled. 

"All this can easily make the individual feel futile. But I think we've ended up addressing this confusion in an invigorating way, rather than imprisoning the listener in melancholy. 

"Musically, it"s our most direct album and maybe the first one where we maintain a coherent mood from start to finish. Perhaps a little clarity isn't a bad thing at this point. 

!There wasn't a plan to create an album with any particular subject matter but we've kind of ended up with a case of "think global, act local" – an album where individuals are dealing with their domestic and personal lives against a background of uncontrollable international lunacy." 

 
Recorded in Sussex, London and on the Isle of Skye, it follows the band's five studio albums for Rough Trade Records – a catalogue of releases that saw BSP become the longest continually-signed band in the label"s history. 

The recording of the album was funded by the band's dedicated audience. Money was raised via a multi-faceted programme with pledges ranging from pre-orders for a limited-edition box-set version of the album to paying £1,500 for a tattoo that gives entry to all future BSP shows.
 
Let The Dancers Inherit The Party follows on from the 2013 album Machineries Of Joy. 

The album sleeve features typography influenced by the German Dadaist artist Kurt Schwitters, whose work BSP's two vocalists, Yan and Hamilton Wilkinson,discovered while growing up on the edge of the English Lake District. 

Schwitters fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and ended up living in the Lakes, where examples of his work now reside, including at Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal. 

BSP have long used Schwitters' sound-poetry recordings in their live shows and, in 2013, Yan created a Schwitters soundscape for Tate Britain. The Schwitters link hints at BSP"s ongoing fondness for continental Europe.

British Sea Power's 'Let The Dancers Inherit The Party' is released on 31st March 2017. CLICK HERE for more info.

by: Mike Cobley




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