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Ed Harcourt confirms new album Furnaces and Village Underground gig (2016)

Ed Harcourt

Story by Jack Foley

Ed Harcourt has confirmed that his seventh album, Furnaces, will be released on August 19, 2016).

To celebrate, he will also be playing a headlining date at London’s Village Underground on Wednesday, September 21.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, July 8 at 9am.

On Sunday evening, the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show premiered Dionysus – the first taste from Furnaces. The gnarled track is available now, alongside the apocalyptic paean The World is on Fire.

Furnaces was produced by legendary producer Flood, a long-time ally of Ed, who has previously worked with the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey and Foals.

The result is an album that, for all its fire and brimstone, is also euphoric and celebratory.

“I wanted to make a record that people can cry, f**k and fight to” says Ed. “I don’t think there are many records out like that at the moment, but all my favourite records have that, whether it’s Prince or Nine Inch Nails. I hadn’t made a record before that has this kind of danger to it.”

Throughout the album Ed plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, synths and assortment of other trinkets – often playing everything you hear! On some tracks, he was joined by his dream line-up: drummer Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint, bassist Tom Herbert of The Invisible & Polar Bear, vocalist Hannah Lou Clark, and percussionist Michael Blair, a frequent Tom Waits collaborator.