We have high hopes for the next Black Country, New Raod album, we’d like to think we still share the same side (and their first one last year did figure highly in our end of year list, the only list that mattred as somone else rightly said) This is a just released video for a song taken from the album ‘Ants From Up There’, released 04 February 2022 on Ninja Tune. So far so good, we have already featured this track of course but now they’ve made a video for it – another wonderful slice from the much anticipated new album from Black Country, New Road, hear the new single here…. Concorde is a rather beautifully detailed piece, that almost by now trademark slow dramatic underdtated build, it build on the tastes we’ve already had of the new album – Five Music Things – Kristine Leschper, a new Pili Coït album, Mario Batkovic, more from the new Black Country, New Road album, the psychedelia of Lazy Eyes….
The press release hype sheet thing
“Black Country, New Road have just shared a video for their latest single “Concorde”, the third track to be taken from their highly anticipated second album, “Ants From Up There”, which will be released on 4th February on Ninja Tune.
The stunning new video was directed by Maxim Kelly and saw the band collaborate heavily with independent production company Caviar. This marks the first video of it’s kind from the band with sci-fi b-movie themes and featuring a number of surprises.
Speaking on the video, Maxim says, “On the surface, the concept was straightforward, a walking video: An Ant from “up there”, sings Concorde.
But, for a band who namecheck everyone from Scott Walker to Kanye West, and the pronounced mix of genres in their music, it felt right to take an analogous approach with the visuals. Throw as many references together as possible and see if we, too, could get it all to hold together as a piece.
We took the 6 minute+ runtime as an asset. It gave us the time needed to weave as much as possible into the film. A walking video in parts, but also with a narrative running through. We combined miniatures with VFX, and flanked the film with Archival footage.
The band were so supportive and amazing. They gave us the encouragement to just go off on one! And being a massive fan of their music, it was a genuine pleasure to work with them on this film.”
“Concorde” swings from one of the most tender moments on the new album – opening with gentle drums, twisting guitar lines and frontman Isaac Wood’s almost whisper-soft delivery – into one of its most joyous and eruptive. It continues to signal the musical evolution of the band’s new material, capturing them exploring a vast range of dynamics as they harness the power of tension and release, exercising potency in not only the explosive crescendo but also the restrained build up.
The band are also set to play new UK & IE dates in support of the forthcoming album for April 2022, which will be preceded by their biggest London headliner to date at The Roundhouse in February.
They will play the following dates:
08/02/2022 – Roundhouse, London – UK
06/04/2022 – The Foundry, Sheffield – UK
07/04/2022 – O₂ Academy, Oxford – UK
09/04/2022 – Liquid Room, Edinburgh – UK
10/04/2022 – The Empire, Belfast – UK
11/04/2022 – Olympia, Dublin – IE
13/04/2022 – Albert Hall, Manchester – UK
14/04/2022 – Rock City, Nottingham – UK
16/04/2022 – Concorde 2, Brighton – UK
17/04/2022 – O₂ Academy, Bristol – UK
Tickets are available HERE
Black Country, New Road’s live performances have already gained legendary status from fans and have seen them labelled “one of the UK’s best live bands” by The Guardian. After the success of their livestream direct from London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, stand-out performances at SXSW and the BBC 6 Music Festival, and following a sold-out UK tour this summer, as well as high-profile festival appearances, the band will also play a string of US headline dates early next year.
Black Country, New Road Live at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, mastered by Christian Wright at Abbey Road, will be available as part of the Deluxe LP and CD versions of “Ants From Up There”.
Previously here on these fractured pages
ORGAN THING: List time, our top albums of 2021, who made it? Gazelle Twin & NYX, Peter Hammill, Michael J Sheehy, Black Country New Road, Robert Calvert, Flying Luttenbachers, Deerhoof, Van Der Graaf, Alex Ward, Charlotte Greve, the Commoners Choir and…