Gold in a Brass Age Tour
with Gaby Moreno
David Gray announces details for the release of his new album, Gold In A Brass Age via IHT Records / AWAL Re-cordings. This marks his 11th studio album which is set for release on March 8, 2019. The first track off the album, “The Sapling” is available today via all digital streaming platforms HERE. See the full tracklisting below. In addition to the new album, David Gray announced his world tour, Gold In A Brass Age Tour.
Gold In A Brass Age was produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius. The album finds Gray in renewed creative form and arrives just ahead of a run of headline shows in the UK, commencing at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on Friday, March 15th, and including London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, March 17th. Gold In A Brass Age is defined by an intuitive approach from Gray, exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques in the process.
David began writing Gold In A Brass Age in 2016 and it was recorded over several months between tours, including a 50 date US tour and a co-headline tour with Alison Krauss in 2017. Using a cut and paste approach to the ar-rangement of songs, the album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout. Gold In A Brass Age’s title is drawn from Raymond Carver’s short story Blackbird Pie, and informed by the regenerative cut of Gray’s adopted home of London and a fascination with the natural world, which has long since consumed his time outside of music. The album’s striking artwork – for which Gray sought out Peckham-based tattoo artist Lon-donboy Tattooer – depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.
The album’s hypnotic lead single and album-opener, “The Sapling” bears out the nuanced approach in spades, with Gray’s rumination on the brevity of life tempered by layered vocals and a brass section including an English horn and baritone sax. “Time ticking by is a theme that recurs throughout the record,” says Gray. “Fragility, renew-al, a changing of perspective.”
Speaking about the creation of Gold In A Brass Age, Gray says, “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook’ or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from narrative. Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”
Gold In A Brass Age will be David Gray’s eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No.1 UK albums, including the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder. It is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still reveling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way.