Wildness taps into something raw and primitive, and lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album:
"There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it's confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness.
"Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other.
"This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it."
It's in this search for clarity and connection that these songs were written and refined.
"I think it's the first record I've ever written that I haven't just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I'm afraid," says Lightbody.
"There's nothing really to protect myself for-- it's all in the album. I want to remember."
This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody's father, who is suffering from dementia.
"I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways, including my father's loss of memory."
The album is produced once more by Jacknife Lee, Snow Patrol's longtime producer and collaborator.
"Seamus Heaney, my favourite poet of all time, said, at 71, that he was only discovering what some of his poetry means, and this is coming from a Nobel Prize-winning poet. It's a great testament to inspiration," says Lightbody.
"Sometimes it takes you five years to write the thing. Like now. And you know for sure when you finish an album like that, where you've poured over every detail and put every atom of yourself into it, everything makes sense and I bet you I'm never not proud of this record."
Snow Patrol's new album 'Wildness' is released on Friday 25th May 2018.