Largely recorded at dwelling, the album additionally options contributions from many different musicians together with Jon Thorne on bass (Lamb) on harp Tom Moth (Florence and the Machine – and brother of NMA bassist Ceri Monger), plus string preparations from composer buddies Tobias Unterberg, Henning Nugel and Shir-Ran Yinon. Additionally featured are the present members of New Mannequin Military. The album was blended by Lee Smith at Greenmount Studios in Leeds, co-producer and mixer of New Mannequin Military’s latest albums, together with 2019’s From Right here – their highest charting album up to now globally.
Justin Sullivan says, “Underneath the circumstances, it wasn’t significantly shocking that this was the second to make one other solo report and the songs got here thick and quick within the first few weeks of the lockdown. There may be not a lot about ‘what’s occurring within the World’. As with ‘Navigating by the Stars’, which was written within the aftermath of 9/11, I needed to jot down about different issues – some well-known tales, some much less well-known, just a few autobiographical and extra a panorama of the creativeness than social remark.
“I’m grateful for all the various musical contributions I obtained from buddies that assist create all of the totally different atmospheres and locations; it’s an extended album, however it appears that evidently all of the songs belonged collectively in a single assortment. I hope individuals get pleasure from it.”
Surrounded will change into accessible on a number of codecs akin to CD Hardcover Media E-book, Heavyweight Double Vinyl Gatefold and Digital and is offered for pre-order as of now: https://justinsullivan.lnk.to/Surrounded
At this time additionally sees the discharge of ‘Amundsen’, the very first single from Surrounded which provides an emotional first perception into this very private album.
Justin Sullivan about ‘Amundsen’: “The tales of polar (and specifically Antarctic) adventurers at first of the 20th Century have lengthy been a fascination. On my first solo report, ‘Ocean Rising’ is, partially, the story of Ernest Shackleton’s epic voyage from Elephant Island to South Georgia. The ultimate race to succeed in the South Pole between Robert Scott and Roald Amundsen is one other fascinating story.
“Being raised in England, Scott and his ‘noble, tragic’ failure is a narrative written giant in nationwide mythology however the different man, a really exceptional explorer, isn’t acknowledged. The battle over who will get to inform which model of a narrative may be very related in these instances of ‘tradition wars’, however the track is extra a easy research of the person himself; I hope I’ve finished him justice.”
The discharge of Surrounded may also see the re-release of Sullivan’s solely earlier solo album from 2003, Navigating by the Stars, launched on CD however unavailable for a few years. Described by The Unbiased as having “the nice and cozy natural high quality of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks”, the audio of this new model has not been altered however carries two further tracks. These are ‘Sooner or Later’, which first appeared on a B-side in 2003, and ‘The Wreck of The Essex’, a track written and recorded later that very same 12 months that has laid dormant ever since however for just a few stay performances.
Navigating by the Stars will change into accessible digitally and for the primary time ever on vinyl. As well as, Justin Sullivan’s gorgeous debut album is available in a CD Digisleeve Version with an expanded booklet as a part of a Ltd. CD Field-Set Version of Surrounded, adopted by a standalone launch later this 12 months.
3. Coming With Me
4. Clear Horizon Dry
5. Stone and Heather
6. 28th Might
9. Sao Paulo
11. Sea Once more
12. Clear Skies
13. Rip Tides
14. Daughter Of The Solar