1. 
Ed has been rather busy!

edharcourtuk:

Good day friends, 

Although I do not see many of you in the flesh (the many years in my laboratory hideout seem to have taken their toll) I believe I may be rolling out the barrel once more and delivering random acts of wanton tunesmithery to all of you fine people. 

First, I would like to start with my new single ’ In My Time Of Dust’, which came out on Monday (available worldwide via iTunes) coupled with ‘Sweet Malaise’ featuring the transcendent voice of Ren Harvieu. I’ve been working with Ren for about a year, on and off, writing her next record and the results are so exciting. She’s an unbelievable singer and writer & I think you’ll all going to be blown away by what you hear. I wrote ‘Sweet Malaise’ with her voice in mind, she literally sang it in 5 minutes and that was that. 

I’ve been all over the place this year, I may have seen you when I was on tour with Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the UK, it’s been such a nice surprise with the success of this record (which I produced) and we’re still gearing up for multitude of festivals too. When we we played Brighton we were told that the record went silver which was nice….that’s 60,000 sales and counting! 

After the tour with Sophie, I flew to Shanghai and performed for Burberry which was a whirlwind pit-stop of rehearsals, dress rehearsals, camera rehearsals, dancer rehearsals, all in a huge set depicting London in a shipyard in the Pudong district. Having seen the old town of Shanghai and drunk tea, espied the pearls and silk, post-performance myself and pretty much everyone involved descended on a bar called ‘Arcade’ and I drank Absinthe that had wormwood and a dead stag beetle in it. Not recommended. It was seriously disgusting. What was also quite strange for me was going to the Fairmont Peace Hotel which is still very 1930’s and art deco in it’s design and imagining my grandfather (on my father’s side who I never really knew) who lived in Shanghai in the 30’s, walking around the lobby with a martini in his hand and regaling some tall tale.

What else? I played a bit of piano on the new Lana Del Rey album (I think it’s only a bonus track though called Black Beauty) played on a Luke Sital Singh song, am in talks with the brilliant Kathryn Williams  about making a record with her, have had my two remixes of The Anchoress & Fiona Bevan played on the radio. 

Next week, I’m playing a private show in London for the opening a new Ralph Steadman exhibition at White Space, then on the Sunday 1st performing with the Strypes, Sophie, Kathryn, Gregory Porter, Maverick Sabre and Chris Difford amongst others for the Elton John Aids Foundation, it’ll be at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. I’ve got a few festivals coming up, one at the Curious Arts Festival in Hampshire on the 19th July and on August 7th I’ll be at Haldern Pop in Germany. Also I’m playing with Suede in an english forest on the 13th June - that’ll be just me. I really want to get my band back together and start playing you the new songs!

After all of this, I’m going to start pre-production on my next record with the lupine Overlord that is the producer ‘Flood’. I’m about 20 songs in now. I feel good about it but it’s a pretty dark one this one. It’s pretty epic in places and there’s quite a few’ rock’ moments. There’s also some seriously swampy, sweaty tracks and some sadcore mumblecore normcore tracks. Then again Flood may put all of this into his demonic blender and it’ll come out completely different. All I know is I’m really excited that it might actually get made after working on it for about 4 years, amidst other welcome distractions ducking and diving in and out of my life.

Right, I’m leaving for Ibiza in about 4 hours for the betrothal of my brother in arms Dimitri, my compatriot in the unholy land that is ‘Wild Boar’.
Good day and thanks for reading. 
EH

    Ed has been rather busy!

    edharcourtuk:

    Good day friends,

    Although I do not see many of you in the flesh (the many years in my laboratory hideout seem to have taken their toll) I believe I may be rolling out the barrel once more and delivering random acts of wanton tunesmithery to all of you fine people.

    First, I would like to start with my new single ’ In My Time Of Dust’, which came out on Monday (available worldwide via iTunes) coupled with ‘Sweet Malaise’ featuring the transcendent voice of Ren Harvieu. I’ve been working with Ren for about a year, on and off, writing her next record and the results are so exciting. She’s an unbelievable singer and writer & I think you’ll all going to be blown away by what you hear. I wrote ‘Sweet Malaise’ with her voice in mind, she literally sang it in 5 minutes and that was that.

    I’ve been all over the place this year, I may have seen you when I was on tour with Sophie Ellis-Bextor in the UK, it’s been such a nice surprise with the success of this record (which I produced) and we’re still gearing up for multitude of festivals too. When we we played Brighton we were told that the record went silver which was nice….that’s 60,000 sales and counting!

    After the tour with Sophie, I flew to Shanghai and performed for Burberry which was a whirlwind pit-stop of rehearsals, dress rehearsals, camera rehearsals, dancer rehearsals, all in a huge set depicting London in a shipyard in the Pudong district. Having seen the old town of Shanghai and drunk tea, espied the pearls and silk, post-performance myself and pretty much everyone involved descended on a bar called ‘Arcade’ and I drank Absinthe that had wormwood and a dead stag beetle in it. Not recommended. It was seriously disgusting. What was also quite strange for me was going to the Fairmont Peace Hotel which is still very 1930’s and art deco in it’s design and imagining my grandfather (on my father’s side who I never really knew) who lived in Shanghai in the 30’s, walking around the lobby with a martini in his hand and regaling some tall tale.

    What else? I played a bit of piano on the new Lana Del Rey album (I think it’s only a bonus track though called Black Beauty) played on a Luke Sital Singh song, am in talks with the brilliant Kathryn Williams about making a record with her, have had my two remixes of The Anchoress & Fiona Bevan played on the radio.

    Next week, I’m playing a private show in London for the opening a new Ralph Steadman exhibition at White Space, then on the Sunday 1st performing with the Strypes, Sophie, Kathryn, Gregory Porter, Maverick Sabre and Chris Difford amongst others for the Elton John Aids Foundation, it’ll be at the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre. I’ve got a few festivals coming up, one at the Curious Arts Festival in Hampshire on the 19th July and on August 7th I’ll be at Haldern Pop in Germany. Also I’m playing with Suede in an english forest on the 13th June - that’ll be just me. I really want to get my band back together and start playing you the new songs!

    After all of this, I’m going to start pre-production on my next record with the lupine Overlord that is the producer ‘Flood’. I’m about 20 songs in now. I feel good about it but it’s a pretty dark one this one. It’s pretty epic in places and there’s quite a few’ rock’ moments. There’s also some seriously swampy, sweaty tracks and some sadcore mumblecore normcore tracks. Then again Flood may put all of this into his demonic blender and it’ll come out completely different. All I know is I’m really excited that it might actually get made after working on it for about 4 years, amidst other welcome distractions ducking and diving in and out of my life.

    Right, I’m leaving for Ibiza in about 4 hours for the betrothal of my brother in arms Dimitri, my compatriot in the unholy land that is ‘Wild Boar’.
    Good day and thanks for reading.
    EH

  2. Ed Harcourt’s Time of Dust is Out Now on CD in the UK & Scandinavia. 

The album is also available as a digital download worldwide. Vinyl to follow in February.

Pick up your copy now from Spillers, Norman Records, Rise, Amazon, Resident, Rough Trade, Emusic, Piccadilly Records, Play or head to your local record shop (there’s a helpful nearest UK record shop finder here).   

Stream the album on RDIO, Spotify or Deezer.

Download the record from iTunes or 7Digital.

Here’s what the critics have been saying… 



"Alluring." - The Independent ****

"Sensational." - The Sunday Times

"Time of Dust is bleaker than his past work, marrying a dark heart with epic hooks and choruses like a darker Elbow." - The Guardian ****

"Grand, cinematic flourishes" - The Daily Mail

"A thing of mournful, lachrymose majesty…" - EMusic, Album Chart #1

"This six-track mini-album is touched by darkness – it’s distorted, unsettling, untrustworthy almost, like a creepy character lurking in the shadows. But its nooks and crannies reveal weird and wonderful delights at every turn." - Clash 

"A masterly lurch to the dark side by the multi-talented maestro" - Uncut

"Brooding, theatrical elegance with a glitchy twist… A dusky delight." - NME

"Ornate romantic balladry… curls around the listener like tendrils of smoke." - FT

"As warm and dark as the real ale he brews." The Times ****

"Part-time brewer of dark ales, full-time composer of dark tales." - Scottish Daily Express

"A gorgeous noirish set of cinematic songs with a bittersweet emotional core." - Telegraph

"Dark and haunting… the spectre of Jeff Buckley looming large. A great start to 2014." - Shortlist

"Mature songwriting of the very best – a skilful structure of light and dark, melodic and lyrical surprises to confound and delight. - Louder Than War

"…taster for things to come. Yet as aperitifs go, it’s pretty satisfying." - MusicOMH 

The above photo is by Steve Gullick, and features on the reverse of the CD.

    Ed Harcourt’s Time of Dust is Out Now on CD in the UK & Scandinavia.

    The album is also available as a digital download worldwide. Vinyl to follow in February.

    Pick up your copy now from Spillers, Norman Records, Rise, Amazon, Resident, Rough Trade, Emusic, Piccadilly Records, Play or head to your local record shop (there’s a helpful nearest UK record shop finder here).

    Stream the album on RDIO, Spotify or Deezer.

    Download the record from iTunes or 7Digital.

    Here’s what the critics have been saying…

    "Alluring." - The Independent ****

    "Sensational." - The Sunday Times

    "Time of Dust is bleaker than his past work, marrying a dark heart with epic hooks and choruses like a darker Elbow." - The Guardian ****

    "Grand, cinematic flourishes" - The Daily Mail

    "A thing of mournful, lachrymose majesty…" - EMusic, Album Chart #1

    "This six-track mini-album is touched by darkness – it’s distorted, unsettling, untrustworthy almost, like a creepy character lurking in the shadows. But its nooks and crannies reveal weird and wonderful delights at every turn." - Clash

    "A masterly lurch to the dark side by the multi-talented maestro" - Uncut

    "Brooding, theatrical elegance with a glitchy twist… A dusky delight." - NME

    "Ornate romantic balladry… curls around the listener like tendrils of smoke." - FT

    "As warm and dark as the real ale he brews." The Times ****

    "Part-time brewer of dark ales, full-time composer of dark tales." - Scottish Daily Express

    "A gorgeous noirish set of cinematic songs with a bittersweet emotional core." - Telegraph

    "Dark and haunting… the spectre of Jeff Buckley looming large. A great start to 2014." - Shortlist

    "Mature songwriting of the very best – a skilful structure of light and dark, melodic and lyrical surprises to confound and delight. - Louder Than War

    "…taster for things to come. Yet as aperitifs go, it’s pretty satisfying." - MusicOMH

    The above photo is by Steve Gullick, and features on the reverse of the CD.

  3. edharcourtuk:

On January 6th 2014, Ed Harcourt’s new album Time of Dust will be available on CD in the UK and worldwide digitally. You can pre-order it online now from Piccadilly Records, Amazon and Rough Trade. Alternatively, please nag your local independent record store to ensure they have a copy for you on the day of release. Vinyl release follows in February.

    edharcourtuk:

    On January 6th 2014, Ed Harcourt’s new album Time of Dust will be available on CD in the UK and worldwide digitally. You can pre-order it online now from Piccadilly Records, Amazon and Rough Trade. Alternatively, please nag your local independent record store to ensure they have a copy for you on the day of release. Vinyl release follows in February.

  4. Press Release….

    ED HARCOURT
    Announces New Album Time of Dust
    + New song ‘The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays For You)’
    + Next London Show: Nov 15th, Islington Assembly Halls

    On January 6th 2014, the critically-celebrated British songwriter Ed Harcourt will release Time of Dust, a 28-minute long mini-album of new material via CCCLX Music. There are still pianos and bitter-sweet lyrical twists, but a darkness has descended and the record marks the beginning of a slightly gloomier new sound.

    Thirteen years ago, a mini-album named Maplewood was Ed’s first release, “Time of Dust feels not unlike its distant cousin” says Ed. “Early next year, I’m heading into the studio with Flood (Nine Inch Nails, PJ Harvey, etc) to work on an album of evil songs, but before I set sail for the edge of the world, I wanted to break people in gently. Think of Time of Dust as a piece of the map I’ll be using to navigate the fog and fire. Or maybe it’s the creak of the floorboard before the wolf pounces?”

    With its sizzled-synths and thunderous crescendo, the epic ‘The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays for You)’ provides a clue as to where Ed’s ship is sailing (Listen here: http://bit.ly/Sadcloud or grab the embed code below). The tones are a little darker than we’re used to hearing from him, but it’s not a complete departure for the troubadour. Ed has always had a malevolent air to his music and there were hints with songs like ‘Beneath the Heart of Darkness’ and ‘God Protect Your Soul’ that Ed could quite merrily share a cell-in-hell with Nick Cave and Tom Waits, but “there’s an evil skulking out of me at the moment” Ed says, “and I’m not sure the angel-headed hipsters fly where the tides are tugging my vessel.”

    2013 has been a busy year for Harcourt. From co-writing and producing a new album for Sophie Ellis-Bextor (also set for release in January 2014), to festival appearances at the likes of Glastonbury, Latitude and a headline slot at End of the Road, his dog-eared diary has never seen so much action. He’s been musical director for Beck’s Song Book at the Barbican, writtens songs with amongst others Kathryn Williams, Ren Harvieu and Sam Smith, composed soundtracks for three movies due in 2014, recorded collaborations with Rae & Christian and Nouvelle Vague’s Melanie Pain, and brewed his own beer (an ‘Edwardian Brown Ale’) with Signature Brew, which after an initial test run of 2000 bottles sold out, the production is being ramped up. His sixth studio album, Back Into the Woods, was released to much acclaim (see below) in February, and then there was that #WIZARDBOUNCE “album” he gave away on April Fool’s Day.

    Some songs from Time of Dust will be previewed on his upcoming Scandinavian tour and when he performs at Islington Assembly Hall on November 15th (tickets onsale now).

    Praise for Back Into the Woods:

    “…one of the most beautiful, heart-breakingly tender albums of the last year, if not decade, if not ever.” - Clash, 9/10 
    “…may be his best release to date.” - The Sunday Times
    “…elegant 6th album from underrated national treasure.” - Uncut
    “…nine gorgeous songs that sit beautifully together.” - The Quietus
    “…reflecting wistfully on William Blake and Mozart’s commercial failure…. moments of deft, delicate brilliance here to remind us of what a gifted songwriter he is…. Recorded in one night at Abbey Road…. like being in the front row of an exceptionally cosy concert…. Harcourt’s lovely oaken voice rustles and creaks as if he’s singing directly into the listener’s ear, while the piano chords seem to tremble through your skin…. breathtaking…. a subtle and seductive delight.” - BBC
    “…Harcourt alone at the piano, delivering lushly romantic odes to “underdogs” and “the dreamers who pay no heed to good advice”. Lyrics casting him as a repentant roué saved by family life call for a grizzled Tom Waits groan; yet the singer’s gentler tones lend the songs a rousing, optimistic air.” - FT Weekend

    edharcourtuk:

    Ed Harcourt - The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays For You)

    Q have premiered this new Ed Harcourt track, taken from his forthcoming album Time of Dust, which is due for release on January 6th 2014 via CCCLX.

    Ed told Q: “This song is for all those whose misery is their one true god. It’s a celebration for those with a private box in the theatre of gloom.” Read more of his introduction to the track here.

    You can discuss this track over on Facebook, here.

  5. edharcourtuk:

Upcoming Live Dates

May
Sat 4th LONDON, Bull & Gate closing party (Sold Out)*
Fri 17th BRIGHTON, Great Escape Festival (9:45pm, St Mary’s Church)** 
Wed 29th BRISTOL, Colston Hall 2 (Tickets)
Thu 30th LONDON, Cadogan Hall (Tickets)  
Fri 31st WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms (Tickets)   

June 
Sun 2nd HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club (Tickets)  
Mon 3rd MANCHESTER, St Philip’s Salford  (Tickets)  
Tue 4th SHEFFIELD, Library Theatre (Tickets)   
Thu 6th LEEDS, Holy Trinity (Tickets)   
Fri 7th LIVERPOOL, Scandinavian Church (Sold Out) 
Sun 9th GATESHEAD/NEWCASTLE, Sage 2 (Tickets)  
Mon 10th YORK, NCEM (Tickets)  
Tue 11th NORWICH, Arts Centre (Tickets)  
Thurs 27th MILTON KEYNES Stables (Tickets)  
Sat 29th Glastonbury Festival 

July 18th Latitude Festival 
August 30th End of the Road Festival 

Pick up your tickets on SeeTickets or via Songkick.

* = support from Melanie Pain + Ultrasound 
** = support from Wall and Martin Rossiter 
Support on all non-festival dates from Catherine A.D unless otherwise stated. 

Photo by Dan Smyth

    edharcourtuk:

    Upcoming Live Dates

    May
    Sat 4th LONDON, Bull & Gate closing party (Sold Out)*
    Fri 17th BRIGHTON, Great Escape Festival (9:45pm, St Mary’s Church)**
    Wed 29th BRISTOL, Colston Hall 2 (Tickets)
    Thu 30th LONDON, Cadogan Hall (Tickets)
    Fri 31st WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms (Tickets)

    June
    Sun 2nd HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club (Tickets)
    Mon 3rd MANCHESTER, St Philip’s Salford (Tickets)
    Tue 4th SHEFFIELD, Library Theatre (Tickets)
    Thu 6th LEEDS, Holy Trinity (Tickets)
    Fri 7th LIVERPOOL, Scandinavian Church (Sold Out)
    Sun 9th GATESHEAD/NEWCASTLE, Sage 2 (Tickets)
    Mon 10th YORK, NCEM (Tickets)
    Tue 11th NORWICH, Arts Centre (Tickets)
    Thurs 27th MILTON KEYNES Stables (Tickets)
    Sat 29th Glastonbury Festival

    July 18th Latitude Festival
    August 30th End of the Road Festival

    Pick up your tickets on SeeTickets or via Songkick.

    * = support from Melanie Pain + Ultrasound
    ** = support from Wall and Martin Rossiter
    Support on all non-festival dates from Catherine A.D unless otherwise stated.

    Photo by Dan Smyth

  6. edharcourtuk:

    Ed Harcourt ‘Thy Name is Delirium’ (Free Download)

    ‘Thy Name is Delirium’ is sort of an off-cut from the Back Into the Woods (Out Now) recording session. This ode to drinking is also sort of the b-side to ‘Hey Little Bruiser’, which you can now watch here:

    Forthcoming shows include Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, plus these gigs in some of England’s finest concert halls and churches:

    May
    Thurs 16th-18th BRIGHTON, Great Escape Festival
    Wed 29th BRISTOL, Colston Hall 2
    Thu 30th LONDON, Cadogan Hall
    Fri 31st WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms

    June Sun 2nd HEBDEN BRIDGE, Trades Club
    Mon 3rd MANCHESTER, St Philip’s Salford
    Tue 4th SHEFFIELD, Library Theatre
    Thu 6th LEEDS, Holy Trinity
    Fri 7th LIVERPOOL, Scandinavian Church
    Sun 9th NEWCASTLE, Gateshead Sage 2
    Mon 10th YORK, NCEM
    Tue 11th NORWICH, Arts Centre

    Praise for Back Into the Woods (out now on CCCLX music)
    “…one of the most beautiful, heart-breakingly tender albums of the last year, if not decade, if not ever.” - Clash
    “…may be his best release to date.” - The Sunday Times
    “…elegant 6th album from underrated national treasure.” - Uncut
    “…nine gorgeous songs that sit beautifully together.” - The Quietus
    “…reflecting wistfully on William Blake and Mozart’s commercial failure…. moments of deft, delicate brilliance here to remind us of what a gifted songwriter he is…. Recorded in one night at Abbey Road…. like being in the front row of an exceptionally cosy concert…. Harcourt’s lovely oaken voice rustles and creaks as if he’s singing directly into the listener’s ear, while the piano chords seem to tremble through your skin…. breathtaking…. a subtle and seductive delight.” - BBC
    “…Harcourt alone at the piano, delivering lushly romantic odes to “underdogs” and “the dreamers who pay no heed to good advice”. Lyrics casting him as a repentant roué saved by family life call for a grizzled Tom Waits groan; yet the singer’s gentler tones lend the songs a rousing, optimistic air.” - FT Weekend

    Pick up your copy from your favourite record shop (such as these: Piccadilly Records / Resident / Rough Trade) or from iTunes or Amazon (MP3 / CD / Vinyl). 

  7. edharcourtuk:

    Hey Little Bruiser by Ed Harcourt

    Check back on Monday morning to download the b-side ‘Thy Name is Delrium’ for free.

    Taken from Ed Harcourt’s 6th album Back Into The Woods (Out Now).

    CREDITS:
    Lyrics, Music and Piano playing by Ed Harcourt
    Cello by Arnulf Linder
    Violin by Gita Harcourt
    Produced by Pete Hutchings in Studio Two at Abbey Road
    Directed, Edited and VFX: Birdie Hall
    Production Company: Contented Brothers
    Producer: Tom Hall
    Camera Assistant: Kyri Evangelou
    Production Manager: Jade Bryant

    LYRICS
    Hey little bruiser
    In no time you’ll be filling my boots
    You’re a cocksure rooster
    Who keeps all his chickens in the coop

    Well I gotta say the apple don’t fall too far from the tree
    You got the good bits from your mother and the bad parts from me

    Hey little bruiser
    Are you Ferdinand in a bullfight?
    Or a caveman on a computer
    Destroying everything in sight

    Well I gotta say that the apple don’t fall too far from the tree
    You got the good bits from your mother and the bad parts from me

    Let no man be your keeper
    They hide secrets in their eyes
    Where would we be without the dreamers
    Who pay no heed to good advice

    Hey little bruiser
    You made it to the 12th round
    You can stand as my accuser
    If I let the good ship run aground

    Well I gotta say the apple don’t fall too far from the tree
    you got the good bits from you mother and the bad parts from me

    Let no man be your keeper
    They have secrets in their eyes
    Where would we be without the dreamers
    Who pay no heed to good advice
    Let no man be your keeper
    There are those who worship fear
    What would we be without the dreamers
    So when you wake up I am here.

  8. Praise for CCCLX0001 - Back Into the Woods by Ed Harcourt
“His best release to date” The Sunday Times
“Elegant 6th album from underrated national treasure” - UNCUT
"…one of the most beautiful, heart-breakingly tender albums of the last year, if not decade, if not ever." - Clash
“…reflecting wistfully on William Blake and Mozart’s commercial failure…. moments of deft, delicate brilliance here to remind us of what a gifted songwriter he is…. Recorded in one night at Abbey Road…. like being in the front row of an exceptionally cosy concert…. Harcourt’s lovely oaken voice rustles and creaks as if he’s singing directly into the listener’s ear, while the piano chords seem to tremble through your skin…. breathtaking…. a subtle and seductive delight.” - BBC
“…Harcourt alone at the piano, delivering lushly romantic odes to “underdogs” and “the dreamers who pay no heed to good advice”. Lyrics casting him as a repentant roué saved by family life call for a grizzled Tom Waits groan; yet the singer’s gentler tones lend the songs a rousing, optimistic air.” - FT Weekend
“It’s short, stark and rather lovely, evoking names like Jeff Buckley and All Days Are Nights-era Rufus Wainwright. If austerity as an economic concept has become discredited in recent years, it’s a sound that suits Harcourt down to the ground.” - Music OMH
"…In the same way that resistance fighters would hide from Nazis in the woods during WWII – the Germans too petrified of those dark places to seek them out – Ed Harcourt too seems to be dealing with a few demons of his own on Back Into The Woods, but this collection of world-weary songs also beats with a poetic heart of longing. It’s a shame that this underdog of British music is unlikely to receive the recognition he deserves any time soon, but his latest album at least gives him a nice breathing space to keep the songs flowing until the next cusp and wane." - The Line of Best Fit

FeaturesDaily Star - Ed Wants His Kids to Join His Band
The Quietus - Ed’s 13 Favourite Albums + Interview (Ed reveals a little about the next LP too!)Metro – On My iPod Mail on Sunday – Celebrity Hangover Cures Independent – Fantasy BandClash - Their Library - A Guide to Ed’s Literary InfluencesThe Line of Best Fit - InterviewMusic Week – Feature (full-page interview about CCCLX in this week’s issue)

Back Into the Woods is out now. Ed tours England’s finest churches and concert halls in May-June. http://edharcourt.com

    Praise for CCCLX0001 - Back Into the Woods by Ed Harcourt

    “His best release to date” The Sunday Times

    “Elegant 6th album from underrated national treasure” - UNCUT

    "…one of the most beautiful, heart-breakingly tender albums of the last year, if not decade, if not ever." - Clash

    “…reflecting wistfully on William Blake and Mozart’s commercial failure…. moments of deft, delicate brilliance here to remind us of what a gifted songwriter he is…. Recorded in one night at Abbey Road…. like being in the front row of an exceptionally cosy concert…. Harcourt’s lovely oaken voice rustles and creaks as if he’s singing directly into the listener’s ear, while the piano chords seem to tremble through your skin…. breathtaking…. a subtle and seductive delight.” - BBC

    “…Harcourt alone at the piano, delivering lushly romantic odes to “underdogs” and “the dreamers who pay no heed to good advice”. Lyrics casting him as a repentant roué saved by family life call for a grizzled Tom Waits groan; yet the singer’s gentler tones lend the songs a rousing, optimistic air.” - FT Weekend

    “It’s short, stark and rather lovely, evoking names like Jeff Buckley and All Days Are Nights-era Rufus Wainwright. If austerity as an economic concept has become discredited in recent years, it’s a sound that suits Harcourt down to the ground.” - Music OMH

    "…In the same way that resistance fighters would hide from Nazis in the woods during WWII – the Germans too petrified of those dark places to seek them out – Ed Harcourt too seems to be dealing with a few demons of his own on Back Into The Woods, but this collection of world-weary songs also beats with a poetic heart of longing. It’s a shame that this underdog of British music is unlikely to receive the recognition he deserves any time soon, but his latest album at least gives him a nice breathing space to keep the songs flowing until the next cusp and wane." - The Line of Best Fit

    The Quietus - Ed’s 13 Favourite Albums + Interview (Ed reveals a little about the next LP too!)
    Metro – On My iPod 
    Mail on Sunday – Celebrity Hangover Cures 
    Independent – Fantasy Band
    Clash - Their Library - A Guide to Ed’s Literary Influences
    The Line of Best Fit - Interview
    Music Week – Feature (full-page interview about CCCLX in this week’s issue)
    Back Into the Woods is out now. Ed tours England’s finest churches and concert halls in May-June. http://edharcourt.com

  9. edharcourtuk:

    Ed Harcourt Back Into the Woods - (Pre-Release Album Stream)

    Ahead of the album’s release on Monday, you can now listen to Back Into the Woods in full. And if you happen to like it, you could pick up a copy on CD, digitally or treat yourself to the heavyweight vinyl. Or come see a live show

    Further Reading… 
    - Ed’s track by track guide to the album
    - Ed’s production notes
    - Producer Pete Hutchings production notes

  10. edharcourtuk:

    You can now pre-order your copy of Ed Harcourt’s sixth studio album Back Into the Woods, which had the lovely 8/10 review in Uncut above, and was recorded in just 6 hours in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, on CD, Heavyweight Vinyl (including free digital album download code) or Digitally from the following retailers: 

    iTunes (worldwide)

    Piccadilly Records

    Resident 

    Rough Trade

    Amazon (UK) CD

    Amazon (UK) LP

    …and it will then be yours on February 25th or thereabouts, forevermore (or until your future-ex disappears claiming it was theirs all along…).