added: 13 Jan 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Graham Coxon returns to Parlophone for his new album titled A+E, which will be released on 2nd April. A+E is Coxon's first release since the acclaimed, acoustic-driven The Spinning Top.
Aptly named not only for the sense of scratchy, frantic urgency that suffuses its 10 songs, A+E finds Graham continuing with his singular vision as a truly eclectic artist. Playing all the instruments and improvising in the studio, Coxon found himself preoccupied with lyrical themes around the effects of weekend hedonism in modern Britain, on which A+E shines an outsider's light, albeit with a mordant, sharp wit.
Produced by Ben Hillier, A+E features Coxon's distinctive, visceral garage-punk-pop and is inspired by the experimental genres of Krautrock and the black & white, post-punk era ' bringing to mind artists such as Neu! ('City Hall'), Can and Kraftwerk ('What'll It Take'), as well as Peter Hamill, Joy Division ('Knife In The Cast') and Monochrome Set - with hypnotic, driving grooves ('The Truth'). This may be the closet Graham has ever come to making, in a skewed sense of the word, 'dance' music.
Coxon describes the album as, 'Improvisations, experiments in beats, rhythms. A chance to uninhibitedly make some sort of perversely sad, danceable and funny and despondent songs.' Adding 'I didn't want to get caught up in my usual struggle with trying to make things sound really posh. I didn't want lovely 60s-sounding drums and valves.'
In keeping with the album's themes, Graham will curate the bill on a special tour around the UK in April, where he'll invite his fans to nominate local bands to support him ' he will then select his favourite for each venue (please go to www.nme.com / www.grahamcoxon.co.uk for further information).
The full A+E track list is:
2. City Hall
3. What'll It Take
5. The Truth
6. Seven Naked Valleys
7. Running For Your Life
8. Bah Singer
9. Knife In The Cast
10. Ohh, Yeh, Yeh
A+E Tour dates, April 2012:
13th O2 Oxford Academy. 0844 477 2000
15th Gateshead Sage. Box office: 0845 413 44444 /
16th Edinburgh Liquid Rooms. 08444 999 990 /
17th Glasgow Garage (same as above)
19th Manchester Sound Control. 0845 413 44444 /
20th Sheffield Leadmill. 0114 2212 828 /
21st Nottingham Rescue Rooms. 0845 413 44444 /
23rd Brighton Concorde. 01273 673311 /
24th Cambridge Junction. 01223 511511 /
25th London Forum. 0844 811 0051 /
27th Gloucester Guildhall. 01452 503050 /
28th Bristol Trinity. 0117 9299008 /
29th Exeter Phoenix. 01392 667080 /
30th Falmouth Princess Pavilions. 01326 211222 /