Friday, 12 September 2014

Art of the Cover - The Kooks "Listen" (2014)


 result 21 500x500 The Kooks Reveal New Album Listen


C'mon, have a heart, Kooks! Have a heart!


Yap, kooky Brits The Kooks have released their long awaited new album Listen.



The LP dropped a few weeks back via Astralwerks/ Universal Music Canada.


Listen is the band's first album in three years. The album was recorded in Los Angeles and London.

Produced by young hip hop pioneer Inflo and Kooks lead singer/ guitarist Luke Pritchard, it showcases a new direction and sound for the multi-platinum selling UK act that also includes guitarist Hugh Harris, bassist Pete Denton and drummer Alexis Nunez. 

“To me,” Pritchard says, “this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we’d always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.”

Inflo said this of the reording process ...
'With this record we didn't do any rehearsing beforehand. I'd write a song with Inflo or on my own, put it up and we'd all play over it. There was a real freedom to the process,' said the band's frontman Luke Pritchard. 'To me this album is about pure expression. Even the way we made the album felt fresh. Rather than us just being a band in a room, playing our guitars with the vocal over the top, which is what we'd always done before, we were really listening to what was going on around us, picking up ideas. The whole thing was much more natural.'
The album's second single, "Around Town", was released a few weeks back. The the hip-hop tinged, gospel-infused, blues-rock song is another shift away from classic Kooks into unchartered territory and was the first track written for the album.

You can catch the wonderful promo film for “Around Town” here.







Tracklisting

1. Around Town
2. Forgive & Forget
3. Westside
4. See Me Now
5. It Was London            
6. Bad Habit
7. Down
8. Dreams
9. Are We Electric
10. Sunrise
11. Sweet Emotion











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