:: Can’t tell how often I listened to this album in the past days. It’s absolutely wonderful.
David Gray is one of most-heard and most-liked songwriters ever since I discovered his breakthrough fourth album White Ladder back in the early 2000’s. This year, he returns with his tenth studio recording Mutineers – the follow-up to 2010’s Foundling – and this time a lot of things are being different. In a recent interview with The Telegraph, he explained why: “I’m bored with myself. I realised, after the last tour, I’m fed up with my basic line of inquiry, my angle, my schtick, the density of my voice, all these things needed to be escaped from. I had to find another way, a new path to the waterfall.”
Mutineers dropped officially in North America on June 17, 2014 via Gray’s own iht Records / Rough Trade. European/Worldwide release follows on June 30, 2014 via iht (Germany June 27). The album is available as download, 11-track Standard Edition CD, 12-track 180g double gatefold vinyl as well as a 3CD Deluxe Version (featuring the Double CD Live Album Cascade). You can buy the set digitally from iTunes or order your physical copy of Mutineers (all versions) directly from David Gray’s Store.
The album is streaming in its entirety over at The Upcoming or The Key (except Germany). German fans can check out Mutineers entirely over at Spotify. The set of twelve tracks is written by David Gray. On four songs, he got a little helping hand in writing by British producer and Lamb member Andy Barlow who also produced Mutineers. Another track (The Incredible) is co-written by Robbie Malone who played – beside David himself – a major part of the instrumentation on the recording.
In another recent interview with Contact Music, Gray explained how the collaboration with Andy Barlow worked: “His brief was to not let me make the same record I’ve made before and take me out of my comfort zone, and he did those two things in a superb way. It was a very tumultuous process but the results were sort of something fizzing with excitement and energy, because we captured the moment of discovery. The biggest fear is chasing a demo, if you’ve done some casual throwaway thing at home and you then labour on it for a further six months in the studio and it doesn’t sound better than that. Working with Andy, we managed to work on new ideas in the studio so that, literally, there wasn’t a demo; there was no template. ‘Mutineer’, the title track, and ‘Beautiful Agony’, all these things were sort of done there and just sprung to life in front of us, so there’s a real freshness to them. […]”
Back In The World is the album’s lead single. It comes with a beautiful music video directed is directed by Big TV‘s Monty Whitebloom. Watch it above where you also find the album audio stream of the fantastic album track Beautiful Agony.
Gulls was the first single taken from Mutineers. The accompanying video for the song is created by Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly (also editing). David Gray is currently finishing his European tour in the UK and will be touring North America all August and early September. Gray is performing the entire album in order from beginning to end which is a great listening experience for the European audiences as the album’s not yet released here. You can check out the upcoming dates below and watch the Gulls video.
01. Back In The World
02. As The Crow Flies
04. Beautiful Agony
05. Last Summer
06. Snow In Vegas
07. Cake And Eat It
08. Birds Of The High Arctic
09. The Incredible
10. Girl Like You
12. Nearly Midnight (Bonus Track)
Upcoming Tour Dates:
Mon 23 Jun 2014 // Birmingham, UK // Symphony Hall
Tue 24 Jun 2014 // London, UK // Royal Albert Hall
Thu 26 Jun 2014 // Gateshead, UK // Sage Gateshead, Hall 1
Sat 28 Jun 2014 // Mayo, Ireland // Westport Festival
Mon 30 Jun 2013 // Glasgow, UK // Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Wed 02 Jun 2014 // York, UK // Barbican
>> The full touring schedule is available here.
Telegraph − David Gray: I had to find another way [Interview feature]