"a grateful dead-like grace which could be their best work so far." - the independent
“…a genre-traversing, surprising, melodic, poetic, anthemic record with heart, smarts and soul.” - drowned in sound
“The indie heroes sound reinvigorated on their best album for 17 years” - NME.com
Following the critical acclaim of their latest album Interview Music, Idlewild now prepare to release the new video for single There’s A Place For Everything on 9th August 2019 via Empty Words. A UK headline tour will follow in November.
The single reflects on the passing of time with playful and somewhat surreal lyrics. Roddy Woomble’s powerfully assured vocals soar effortlessly over the bright, synth-infused melodies creating a sound akin to the likes of Talk Talk and Tears For Fears. The video, directed by Danny Grant, takes inspiration from Ingmar Bergman with a darker and more emotionally fraught, interpretation of the lyrics, but done with subtle humour.
Interview Music was released in Spring reaching number 22 in the UK Top 40. Started in Los Angeles following some US dates, the recordings were completed by guitarist Rod Jones and Dave Eringa at Post Electric Studios. The album features opener and first single, Dream Variations; with its echoing, fever-dream melody, chiming fizzing riff, and vocal harmonies. The record has the indie-rock DNA of the band, but mutated in new and strange ways. Same Things Twice takes the fire of the heavier highlights like A Modern Way Of Letting Go, but carries it with a more mature grace. Then I Almost Didn’t Notice and Mount Analogue make for record’s centre-pieces as playful, adventurous and strange – driven by abandon but still loyal to all that you want from Idlewild; not least for Woomble’s lyrics.
Having taken a break in 2010 (the previous fifteen years seeing them turn from raucous cult curiosity to chart bothering national treasures) Friendship and the bind of their creativity brought Idlewild back together for 2015’s Everything Ever Written. With it, came critical praise, an album in the top 20, and the band selling out venues as large as they ever had. With new members Luciano Rossi and Andrew Mitchell on board, Roddy Woomble, Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense of purpose. So much so that the week that Everything Ever Written was released, they were already back at the drawing board to start work on what would become the bold step sidewards, acclaimed album Interview Music.
Catch Idlewild live at the following dates:
Friday 9th August - North Berwick, Fringe by the Sea
Thursday 22nd August - Hull, Inner City Live (with Doves)
Sunday 25th August - Portsmouth, Victorious Festival
Saturday 7th September - Dunfermline, Outwith Festival
Friday 27th September - Ullapool, Loopallu (acoustic set)
Friday 15th November - Birmingham, Lunar Weekender Festival
Saturday 16th November - Minehead, Shiiine On Weekender Festival
Sunday 17th November - Gloucester, Guildhall
Monday 18th November - Sheffield, Foundry
Tuesday 19th November - Kendal, Brewery Arts Centre
Thursday 21st November - Inverness, Ironworks
Friday 22nd November - Dundee, Fat Sam’s
There’s A Place For Everything is out on 9th August 2019 via Empty Words.