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Simple Minds announce Walk Between Worlds LP and 2018 UK tour

Simple Minds

Story by Jack Foley

SIMPLE Minds have confirmed they will release Walk Between Worlds, their first album of new material since 2014, on February 2, 2018.

To celebrate, they have also announced three UK dates for February.

Walk Between Worlds was produced by Simple Minds with Andy Wright and Gavin Goldberg, both of whom worked on Big Music.

With its eight tracks rocketing past in 42 minutes, it is a relatively concise affair. It is also an album of two distinct sides, very much the old-school album format that singer Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill grew up with as music fans.

Side one tracks such as Summer and The Signal And The Noise revisit the glassy guitars and new wave dance grooves of the post-punk era and the second half explores more cinematic sounds, with the title track and Barrowland Star both featuring dramatic orchestrations recorded at Abbey Road.

The album is bookended by two songs about faith, Magic and Sense Of Discovery. The first is a reflection on the desire and hunger of youth – the faith in their own abilities that Simple Minds possessed during their formative years.

The album artwork is by Brazilian visual artist Heitor Magno, whose work is often a surreal montage of vivid coloured imagery and black and white photography. The image he has created for Walk Between Worlds is emblematic of Simple Minds metamorphosis.

The central character on the front cover bearing an uncanny resemblance to a young Jim Kerr – the sleeve could also be viewed as a telling throwback to the Sons And Fascination era.

Commenting on the new LP and the accompanying live dates, Jim Kerr said: “As much as it has been a real pleasure to work on Walk Between Worlds, equally so it is thrilling to observe that the Simple Minds story continues to evolve both in the studio and on the live stage.

“Sensing that each of these songs are destined to become individual events when played live – we look forward to performing all of them alongside already established live classics when we set out on this next upcoming tour.”

The tour dates are (all February 2018)

13 – Glasgow Barrowland
14 – Manchester Albert Hall
15 – London Roundhouse

Tickets go on sale on Friday, November 24.