On Tuesday 2nd July A Grave With No Name will return with a new album titled Whirlpool on Lefse Records. Recorded over the course of a year at Holy Mountain Studios in London, Whirlpool is an album of contrasting beauty, from the hushed lullaby of 'Bones' and the piano-led curtain call 'Balloons', to the euphoric glee of 'Origami' and the album's opening song 'Aurora', which glides so perfectly with a sense of subtle romanticism.
The venture from bedroom to recording studio has encouraged a more collaborative approach to constructing songs, with a host of musicians contributing to the album including Linda Jarvis (Echo Lake), Akiko Matsuura (Comanechi) and Alanna McArdle (Ides).
Whirlpool completes a narrative trilogy for A Grave With No Name - a trilogy that began in 2009 with the release of Mountain Debris (Lefse/No Pain In Pop), and continued with 2011's Lower (Boiled Egg). It's a narrative that confronts the theme of loss, something which could be considered a well trodden path within popular music, but Alex Shields has managed to mine his own distinctive voice , tracing a delicate fissure in the emotional radiography of longing to spellbinding effect. And in Whirlpool he has created his most accomplished and self assured work to date.
Release date: July 2, 2013
4. Dig Me Out
6. Six Months
8. Bored Again
12. (Lower 2)
Monday 8th July - PARIS, Trabendo*
Wednesday 10th July - AMSTERDAM, Paradiso*
Monday 15th July - LEEDS, Brudenell Social Club*
Tuesday 16th July - MANCHESTER, Gorilla*
Wednesday 17th July - LONDON, Birthdays+
Thursday 18th July - BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds*
Monday 22nd July - BERGEN, Landmark*
Tuesday 23rd July - OSLO, Parkeatreat*
*with Youth Lagoon
+Headline (with The Proper Ornaments, Old Forest)
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