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David Gray announces new LP, Gold In A Brass Age, and UK tour (2019)

David Gray

Story by Jack Foley

DAVID Gray has confirmed the release of his new album, Gold In A Brass Age – his first LP of new material in four years – alongside a 17-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 now.

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, March 15 and including London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, March 17, before culminating with two nights at Dublin’s Bord Gais Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6.

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 tattoo artist London Boy – depicts an Emperor moth with the City of London captured between its wingspan.

The UK tour dates are (all March and April 2019)

15 – Cardiff St David’s Hall
16 – Cambridge Corn Exchange
17 – London Royal Festival Hall
19 – Brighton Dome
20 – Southend Cliffs Pavilion
22 – Manchester Bridgewater Hall
23 – Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
24 – Gateshead Sage
26 – Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
27 – Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
29 – Birmingham Symphony Hall
30 – York Barbican
31 – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

2 – Belfast Waterfront
4 – Castlebar Royal Theatre
5 – Dublin Bord Gais Theatre

Tour pre-sales starts from Monday, November 5, before tickets go on general sale on Friday, November 9.