David Gray Announcement

Published 5 years ago on August 11, 2018

By Jonathan Graham

David Gray


New Album: Gold In A Brass Age – March 8, 2019

Seventeen Date UK and Ireland Tour 2019  

inc. London’s Royal Festival Hall - Sun, 17 March

Tour pre-sales start from 05.11.18 / General sale 09.11.18 

Further details here

David Gray today confirms release details for a new album Gold In A Brass Age - his first album of new material in four years - alongside a seventeen-date tour of the UK for 2019. The album will be available on March 8 through IHT Records / AWAL Recordings, with first single ‘The Sapling’ out today. Produced by Ben DeVries, son of producer and soundtrack composer Marius, Gold In A Brass Age finds Gray in renewed creative form. The album arrives just ahead of a run of headline shows, commencing at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall on Friday, 15th March and including London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, 17th March before culminating with two nights at Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th April. Stream ‘The Sapling’ here.

Gold In A Brass Age is defined by an intuitive approach from Gray, exploring new electronic textures and sound palettes, along with new production techniques in the process. Using a cut and paste approach to the arrangement of songs, the album’s atmospheric and experimental undertones are evident throughout. The album’s title is drawn from Raymond Carver’s short story Blackbird Pie, and informed by the regenerative cut and thrust of Gray’s adopted home of London and a fascination with the natural world which has long since consumed his time outside of music. The album’s striking artwork - for which Gray sought out Peckham-based Londonboy Tattooer - depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.

Speaking about the creation of Gold In A Brass Age, Gray says; “With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from narrative. Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”

Written in breaks between several month-long tour stints - which included a US co-headline run of shows with Alison Krauss - Gold In A Brass Age sees Gray’s unmistakable vocal hushed in many places to an intimate falsetto, to compelling effect. Hypnotic lead single & album-opener ‘The Sapling’ bears out the nuanced approach in spades, with Gray’s rumination on the brevity of life tempered by layered vocals and a brass section including cor anglais and baritone sax. “Time ticking by is a theme that recurs throughout the record’ says Gray. “Fragility, renewal, a changing of perspective.”  

Gold In A Brass Age will be David Gray’s eleventh album in a career that spans over 25 years, several Brit and Grammy nominations, and three No.1 UK albums, including for the breakout multi-platinum White Ladder. It is also a vital new collection of songs from an artist still revelling in his passion for song-craft, pushing himself into unfamiliar terrain, surprising himself as much as his fans along the way. 

Live Dates: 

Fri, 15 Mar                         Cardiff                              St David’s Hall

Sat, 16 Mar                        Cambridge                        Corn Exchange

Sun, 17 Mar                       London                              Royal Festival Hall

Tue, 19 Mar                        Brighton                           Dome

Wed, 20 Mar                       Southend                          Cliffs Pavilion

Fri, 22 Mar                          Manchester                      Bridgewater Hall

Sat, 23 Mar                         Nottingham                      Royal Concert Hall

Sun, 24 Mar                        Gateshead                        Gateshead

Tues, 26 Mar                       Liverpool                          Philharmonic Hall              

Wed, 27 Mar                       Bournemouth                    Pavilion Theatre 

Fri, 29 Mar                          Birmingham                      Symphony Hall   

Sat, 30 Mar                         York                                 Barbican                               

Sun, 31 Mar                        Glasgow                           Royal Concert Hall

Tues, 2 Apr                         Belfast                              Waterfront

Thur, 4 April                         Castlebar                              Royal Theatre

Fri, 5 April                            Dublin                                 Bord Gais Theatre

Sat, 6 April                           Dublin                                  Bord Gais Theatre / / / / 



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