The New Manic Street Preachers Album
Just over nine months since the release of their acclaimed top 5 charting eleventh studio album 'Rewind The Film', the Manics swiftly follow with a brand new record, 'Futurology', out 7th July 2014. Recorded at the legendary Hansa studios in Berlin and the band's Cardiff base Faster, the thirteen track record sees the band in furious, propulsive, expansive form - a distinct departure to the last record, whilst still inimitably the Manic Street Preachers.
The songs on 'Futurology' were inspired by travelling through Europe, the pioneering artistic spirit of early 20th Century modernist art and the maverick music of Krautrock and New Pop. Nicky Wire says: "During our last European tour we really reconnected with this idea of travelling on the Autobahns listening to records by Kraftwerk, Neu!, Andy Weatherall, Popul Vuh and Cabaret Voltaire. The idea of being on these endless futuristic roads but being surrounded by these ancient forests at the same time. It's a magical feeling and it makes you think of soundtracks in your head as you're travelling through this landscape."
The album features several special guests, Scritti Politti's Green Gartside duets with James Dean Bradfield on 'Between the Clock and the Bed', a beautiful song inspired by a famous Edvard Munch painting. German film star Nina Hoss appears on 'Europa Geht Durch Mich', a stomping disco punk track which received a stunning response on the recent tour. Other guests include Georgia Ruth (winner of the 2013 Welsh Music Prize), Cian Ciarán (Super Furry Animals), Cate le Bon and H. Hawkline. It was produced by Manic Street Preachers, Loz Williams and Alex Silva (The Holy Bible) with additional mixing by Craig Silvey.
CLOSING DATE: Monday 14th July 2014
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