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Thursday 05 December 2019

Lord Of Misrule: Marc Almond Collaborates On New Album That Sidestepped Prog Rock For Strident Pop Melodies

An iconic and influential figure with a career that spans almost forty years, Marc Almond has enjoyed a fresh renaissance in recent years. 
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2017's retrospective Hit & Pieces saw him return to the top ten of the album charts, and it was followed by Shadows and Reflections, which became the highest charting solo album of his career so far. 

Forthcoming album, Chaos And A Dancing Star, is preceded by new track Lord Of Misrule. 

Almond's fervent voice powers a dramatic collision of apocalyptic and festive imagery, with soulful vocal harmonies, flute courtesy of Jethro Tull legend Ian Anderson and a searing guitar solo part of a characteristically larger-than-life anthem.

Marc says: 

"It's probably fair to say that I wrote 'Lord of Misrule' with Ian in mind as I've always thought there was a touch of pagan mischief about him. 

"It's a kind of alternative Christmas song." 

The new album was made in collaboration with producer, songwriter and pianist Chris Braide, who also worked on The Velvet Trail

The duo started writing for the album three years ago, their initial plan for a prog rock album evolving into something leaning more towards strident pop melodies.

Chaos And A Dancing Star provides another twist in the unorthodox artistry that's become a hallmark of Almond's career. 

The title plays on a quote from Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." 

Essentially, art, music and creative expression comes from personal experiences of repression or turmoil. 

It's a statement that has informed everything that Almond crafts, and one that he wants placed on his gravestone.

"I wanted to write romantic apocalyptic love songs and set the songs in the fatal end of days settings with a touch of mystic paganism yet hopelessness," says Marc. 

"It reflects the out-of-kilter world in which we find ourselves living today. Crows are a symbolic recurring theme on this record. 

"When their eyes turn blue their life is coming to an end. 

"Maybe it is the end of days for all of us, and perhaps this is something we should acknowledge."

Marc Almond is on tour this month and throughout 2020. For more detains CLICK HERE. 

by: Mike Cobley


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