Graham Coxon announces new album A+E

Posted on 11 January 2012
By Jo Ching
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Graham Coxon returns with A+E, aptly named not only for the sense of scratchy, frantic urgency that suffuses its 10 songs, A+E finds Graham continuing with his singular vision as a truly eclectic artist.

The modern-day Macca played all the instruments and improvised new movements and sounds in the studio for this much-anticipated debut.

A+E is his follow up to the acoustic-driven The Spinning Top and his eighth solo album, to be released on Parlophone, 2nd April.

Coxon found himself preoccupied with lyrical themes around the effects of weekend hedonism in modern Britain, on which A+E shines an outsider’s light, albeit with a mordant, sharp wit.

Produced by Ben Hillier, A+E features Coxon’s distinctive, visceral garage-punk-pop and is inspired by the experimental genres of Krautrock and the black & white, post-punk era – bringing to mind artists such as Neu! (‘City Hall’), Can and Kraftwerk (‘What’ll It Take’), as well as Peter Hamill, Joy Division (‘Knife In The Cast’) and Monochrome Set – with hypnotic, driving grooves (‘The Truth’).

This may be the closest Graham has ever come to making, in a skewed sense of the word, ‘dance’ music.

Graham describes the album as: “Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs.” He added: “I didn’t want to get caught up in my usual struggle with trying to make things sound really posh. I didn’t want lovely 60s-sounding drums and valves.”

In keeping with the album’s themes, Graham will curate the bill on a special tour around the UK in April, where he’ll invite his fans to nominate local bands to support him – he will then select his favourite for each venue please go to www.grahamcoxon.co.uk for further information.

The full A+E tracklisting:
1. Advice
2. City Hall
3. What’ll It Take
4. Meet+Drink+Pollinate
5. The Truth
6. Seven Naked Valleys
7. Running For Your Life
8. Bah Singer
9. Knife In The Cast
10. Ohh, Yeh, Yeh

A+E Tour dates, April 2012:
13th O2 Oxford Academy. 0844 477 2000
15th Gateshead Sage. Box office: 0845 413 44444
16th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms. 08444 999 990
17th Glasgow Garage (same as above)
19th Manchester Sound Control. 0845 413 44444
20th Sheffield Leadmill. 0114 2212 828
21st Nottingham Rescue Rooms. 0845 413 44444
23rd Brighton Concorde. 01273 673311
24th Cambridge Junction. 01223 511511
www.junction.co.uk
25th London Forum. 0844 811 0051
27th Gloucester Guildhall. 01452 503050
28th Bristol Trinity. 0117 9299008
29th Exeter Phoenix. 01392 667080
30th Falmouth Princess Pavilions. 01326 211222