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Little Fictions Due Out February 3 via Concord

Jan 27, 2017 Godley and Creme
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Elbow are releasing a new album (their seventh), Little Fictions, on February 3, 2017 via Concord. Previously the British band shared its beautiful first single, “Magnificent (She Says),” as well as an equally stirring video for the song, and the song “All Disco.” Now the band has shared a video for “Gentle Storm.” The black & white clip starts with a head and shoulders shot of frontman Guy Garvey singing the song before his face morphs into various other faces singing the song, including other members of the band, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, and more. It’s a simple, but effective video. Kevin Godley directed the video, which is a homage to his 1985 video for Godley and Creme‘s “Cry.” Watch it below, followed by the “Cry” video and Elbow’s U.K. tour dates.

Garvey had this to say about the video:

“‘Gentle Storm’ reminded me of something but I couldn’t work it out for a bit, the yearning and the sparsity of the sound. When I worked out it was ‘Cry’ I asked the rest of the band if they remembered the video ‘cos it was such a seismic event as a kid. Pete and Mark did but Craig didn’t and I realised that a lot of people wouldn’t know the track or the video even though they were BOTH so important to me. So Kevin Godley is a Prestwich boy and so am I so I thought ‘I’ll be a cheeky bastard and get in touch with him and see if he is up for doing it again for our track.’ It was amazing that he was up for it. We got a load of our friends and family involved so they ALSO are in it. The shoot day was incredible, video shoots can be quite grim but it was such a great atmosphere that Kevin created and the finished film is something we are amazingly proud to be involved with.”

Godley had this to say:

“When Guy Garvey called me and said: ‘Would you consider recreating the ‘Cry’ video for our new song ‘Gentle Storm” I was a bit puzzled. Why would he want something that was already out there? Then I realised… ‘out there’ really meant out there since 1985 and a whole generation or three wouldn’t have seen the original, or have a clue who Godley & Creme were, so to a world of millennials it would probably be ‘who the fuck?’ I didn’t really have to direct anyone - they all became suitably themselves as soon as the camera rolled. Everything felt real, nothing felt forced and there were no fuck ups, no tantrums and no 35mm gates to check as we shot on 4K res digital video. In fact the only difference between this shoot and ‘Cry’ was the major technological advance of steadying people’s heads with a sink plunger instead of a saucepan.”

Little Fictions is the Manchester, England band’s first album without drummer and founding member Richard Jupp, who left the band earlier this year to focus on other creative projects, including his drum school. A press release says this forced the band to take “new approaches to rhythm,” with the band “utilizing percussive noises, sampling, and loops to build tracks.” The album is also described as upbeat and joyous. The album was written collaboratively by all four members, first in a house in Scotland and then in frontman Guy Garvey’s attic, before being recorded in the Blueprint Studios in Salford, near Manchester. The album features the string players of The Hallé Orchestra, the Hallé Ancoats Community Choir, members of London Contemporary Voices, and session drummer Alex Reeves.

Elbow’s last album was 2014’s The Take Off and Landing of Everything, although last year frontman Guy Garvey released his debut solo album, Courting the Squall.

Read our 2014 print article on Elbow and our 2014 web-exclusive interview with Garvey on his favorite cities. Also read our 2016 The End interview with Garvey on endings and death.

Elbow U.K. Tour Dates:

Sun February 26 2017 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Mon February 27 2017 - DUBLIN Olympia Theatre
Wed March 01 2017 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Thu March 02 2017 - BIRMINGHAM O2 Academy
Sat March 04 2017 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Sun March 05 2017 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Mon March 06 2017 - LONDON Eventim Apollo
Wed March 08 2017 - BOURNEMOUTH BIC
Thu March 09 2017 - PLYMOUTH Pavilions
Fri March 10 2017 - NEWPORT Centre
Sun March 12 2017 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Mon March 13 2017 - EDINBURGH Usher Hall
Tue March 14 2017 - BRIDLINGTON Spa
Wed March 15 2017 - DONCASTER Dome
Thu March 16 2017 - LEICESTER De Montfort Hall
Sat March 18 2017 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Sun March 19 2017 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Mon March 20 2017 - MANCHESTER O2 Apollo

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