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New album follows up high-charting Shadows and Reflections
An iconic and influential figure with a career that spans almost 40 years and more than 30 million sales, Marc Almond has enjoyed a fresh renaissance in recent years. 2017's retrospective Hit & Pieces saw him return to the Top 10 of the album charts, and it was followed by the critically acclaimed Shadows and Reflections set, which became the highest-charting solo album of his career so far.
Now, Almond returns with the upcoming Chaos And A Dancing Star. The album was made in collaboration with producer, songwriter and pianist Chris Braide, who also worked on The Velvet Trail. An Ivor Novello winner and Grammy nominee, Braide's many high-profile credits include work with artists such as Sia, Lana Del Rey and Halsey. The duo started writing for the album three years ago, their initial plan for a prog-rock album evolving into something leaning more towards strident pop melodies.
Chaos And A Dancing Star provides another twist in the unorthodox artistry that's become a hallmark of Almond's career. The title plays on a quote from Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: "One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star." Essentially, art, music and creative expression comes from personal experiences of repression or turmoil. It's a statement that has informed everything that Almond crafts, and one that he wants placed on his gravestone.
"I wanted to write romantic apocalyptic love songs and set the songs in the fatal end of days settings with a touch of mystic paganism yet hopelessness," says Marc. "It reflects the out-of-kilter world in which we find ourselves living today. Crows are a symbolic recurring theme on this record. When their eyes turn blue their life is coming to an end. Maybe it is the end of days for all of us, and perhaps this is something we should acknowledge."
|Chevrolet Corvette Stingray|
|Slow Burn Love|
|Fighting a War|
|Dreaming of Sea|
|When the Stars Are Gone|
|Lord of Misrule|
|The Crow's Eyes Have Turned Blue|