News Manic Street Preachers announce new album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

Manic Street Preachers announce new album 'The Ultra Vivid Lament'
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Listen to new single ‘Orwellian’ now.

Set for release on 3rd September, Manic Street Preachers have announced their 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ with first track ‘Orwellian’.

“The track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war,” the band explain. “As with many songs on the record, it was written on the piano by James Dean Bradfield. Musically, it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo. It felt like the perfect sonic and lyrical introduction to ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’.”

Check it out now below.

‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ Tracklisting:
1. Still Snowing In Sapporo
2. Orwellian
3. The Secret He Had Missed
4. Quest For Ancient Colour
5. Don’t Let The Night Divide Us
6. Diapause
7. Complicated Illusions
8. Into The Waves Of Love
9. Blank Diary Entry
10. Happy Bored Alone
11. Afterending

See Manic Street Preachers live at the following dates:

JULY
16 - Cardiff, Arena (NHS workers show)
17 - Cardiff, Arena (NHS public show)
30 - Pikehall, Y Not Festival

AUGUST
07 - Linlithgow, Party At The Palace
29 - Alcester, Camper Calling Music Festival

SEPTEMBER
10 - Halifax, Live at Piece Hall
18 - Jersey, Electric Park Festival
26 - Newcastle, City Hall
28 - Edinburgh, Usher Hall
29 - Dundee, Caird Hall

OCTOBER
01 - Stoke On-Trent, Victoria Hall
02 - Manchester, Apollo
04 - York, Barbican
05 - Glasgow, Barrowlands
07 - Leeds, Academy
08 - Portsmouth, Guildhall
10 - Bournemouth, Academy
11 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
13 - Bath, Forum
14 - Bristol, Dome

DECEMBER
03 - London, Wembley Arena


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