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Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip announces new album Await Barbarians

Possessing the same immediacy as his music with Hot Chip and the adventurousness of his work with About Group, there is a special intimacy to the lyrics of Alexis Taylor’s Await Barbarians, a simplicity and candour in his expression of emotion, though the moments of honesty are matched with a sense of humour, playfulness and fun.
 
Playing and recording all the instruments himself apart from strings, Taylor also presents a more reflective side of his writing and singing, which comes into focus in a more confident and defined manner than before. With its brushed cymbal-led quiet and solitude, and its startlingly direct recording approach, the album recalls in places the work of such luminaries as Mark Hollis and Robert Wyatt. Recalling such recordings is one thing, but the record doesn't sound especially like those. Await Barbarians' soundworld is entirely Taylor's own - at times claustrophobic, synth-led and dry, and at others spacious, warm and homely, it always places Taylor's unique and recognizable vocals up front in the mix, rarely adorned by audible effects.
 
Await Barbarians is a record whose warm tones draw you in, whose sequencing asks of the listener an uninterrupted session of close listening, and whose sound world reminds us of the pleasures of all that is quiet in music. It is rich in deep insight and profound feeling, a truly significant album by one of the country’s most continually arresting musicians.

Watch a video for the album track ‘Elvis Has Left The Building’, HERE.
 
Await Barbarians will be available on CD (WIGCD334), standard LP (WIGLP334) and Digital (WIG334D). Copies of the LP purchased through Dom Mart or indie retailers will include a bonus 7” featuring the tracks I Hope (a Bobby Charles cover), b/w Song Of Long. Click HERE to buy the album through Dom Mart and HERE through iTunes.
 
The tracklisting for Await Barbarians is as follows:
 
Lazy Bones
From The Halfway Line
Without A Crutch (2)
Immune System
Dolly and Porter
Closer To The Elderly
Elvis Has Left The Building
Piano Ducks
New Hours
Where Would I Be?
Am I Not A Soldier?
Without A Crutch (1)
 
Alexis Taylor will be performing live throughout the summer. Full dates with ticket links are as follows:
 
Fri 23/05/14: Hay on Wye – The Globe
Sun 25/05/14: London – The Ace Hotel - SOLD OUT
Sat 31/05/14: Glasgow – The Wee Chill
Thur 12/06/14: London – The Vortex
Wed 18/06/14: Leeds – The Brudenell
Thu 19.06/14: Manchester – Band On The Wall
Fri 20/06/14: London – Roundhouse Studio
Fri 18/07/14: Eigg – Howlin’ Fling – SOLD OUT
Fri 29/08/14: Shaftsbury – End Of The Road Festival
Sat 06/09/14: Portmeirion – Festival Number 6

 

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