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Black Country, New Road

Ants From Up There

    Following on almost exactly a year to the day from the release of their acclaimed debut “For the first time”, the band have harnessed the momentum from that record and run full pelt into their second, with “Ants From Up There” managing to strike a skilful balance between feeling like a bold stylistic overhaul of what came before, as well as a natural progression.

    Their debut “For the first time” is a certain 2021 Album of the Year, having received ecstatic reviews from critics and fans alike as well as being shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize. Released in February to extensive, global, critical support - perhaps best summed up by The Times who wrote in their 5/5 review that they were "the most exciting band of 2021" and The Observer who called their record "one of the best albums of the year" - the album made a significant dent on the UK Albums Chart where it landed at #4 in its first week, a remarkable achievement for a largely experimental debut record. The album also reached #1 on Any Decent Music, #2 at Album Of The Year and sat at #1 on Rate Your Music for several weeks, remaining the record to generate the most fan reviews and site discussion there this year. Black Country, New Road were also declared Artist Of The Week and Album Of The Week by The Observer, The Line Of Best Fit and Stereogum, and saw features, including covers and reviews, from the likes of Mojo, NPR, CRACK, Uncut, The Quietus, Pitchfork, The FADER, Loud & Quiet, The Face, Paste, The Needle Drop, DIY, NME, CLASH, So Young, Dork and more.

    With “For the first time” the band melded klezmer, post-rock, indie and an often intense spoken word delivery. On “Ants From Up There” they have expanded on this unique concoction to create a singular sonic middle ground that traverses classical minimalism, indie-folk, pop, alt rock and a distinct tone that is already unique to the band.

    Recorded at Chale Abbey Studios, Isle Of Wight, across the summer with the band’s long-term live engineer Sergio Maschetzko, it’s also an album that comes loaded with a deep-rooted conviction in the end result. “We were just so hyped the whole time,” says Hyde. “It was such a pleasure to make. I've kind of accepted that this might be the best thing that I'm ever part of for the rest of my life. And that's fine.”


    TRACK LISTING

    LP
    Side A
    A1. Intro
    A2. Chaos Space Marine
    A3. Concorde
    A4. Bread Song
    Side B
    B1. Good Will Hunting
    B2. Haldern
    B3. Mark’s Theme
    Side C
    C1. The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
    C2. Snow Globes
    Side D
    D1. Basketball Shoes

    CD 
    Intro
    Chaos Space Marine
    Concorde
    Bread Song
    Good Will Hunting
    Haldern
    Mark’s Theme
    The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
    Snow Globes
    Basketball Shoes

    4LP Box Set / Deluxe CD
    Ants From Up There
    Side A

    A1. Intro
    A2. Chaos Space Marine
    A3. Concorde
    A4. Bread Song
    Side B
    B1. Good Will Hunting
    B2. Haldern
    B3. Mark’s Theme
    Side C
    C1. The Place Where He Inserted The Blade
    C2. Snow Globes
    Side D
    D1. Basketball Shoes

    Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall 
    Side A
    A1. Mark’s Theme (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    A2. Instrumental (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    A3. Athens France (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    Side B
    B1. Science Fair (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    B2. Sunglasses (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    Side C
    C1. Track X (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    C2. Opus (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    C3. Bread Song (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall)
    Side D
    D1. Basketball Shoes (Live From The Queen Elizabeth Hall) 

    Black Country, New Road

    For The First Time

    All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

    Born from the Brixton Windmill scene that has seen the likes of black midi, Squid, Fat White Family and Shame rise to prominence, Black Country, New Road now take up the mantle and release their debut album.
    The seven piece kick off proceedings with the aptly titled “Instrumental”, a maelstrom of sounds and influences including the post-rock mastery of Slint, the Klezmer style folk of Beirut and dapples of free-jazz improvisation.
    Throughout the album’s six tracks those themes continue along with a simmering sense of drama and intensity. The best example of this occurs on the monolithic last track “Opus”, clocking in at just over 8 minutes it locks the listener in with a sprawling sonic soundscape of plateaus and troughs that recalls the mighty Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
    For The First Time is an ambitious and intelligent album that stands out as one of the best debut releases of 2021.


    TRACK LISTING

    1. Instrumental
    2. Athens, France
    3. Science Fair
    4. Sunglasses
    5. Track X
    6. Opus


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