Baxter Dury has shared the title track off his upcoming album, Prince of Tears, Baxter himself describing it as “a cinematic presentation of a small man’s attempt at being open”.
Dury describes a “prince of tears stood on his driveway”, the workaday narrative of this “small man” turned grandiose through the soundtrack of a full orchestra, an oppugnant symphony completed by a rolling bass line and the stirring backing vocals of long-term collaborator Madelaine Hart.
As ever, the song seems to echo Baxter’s father as much as it eludes the shadow of his legacy; the Bow-Bells spoken word of Ian Dury becoming the poetry of Baxter Dury through his son’s unique blend of musical styles.
Prince of Tears will be Baxter’s fifth studio album to date and his first via independent record label Heavenly Recordings. The album was recorded towards the end of 2016 at Hoxa Studios, co-produced with Ash Workman (Metronomy) and mixed by Baxter’s longstanding collaborator Craig Silvey (Arcade Fire, New Order, Florence & the Machine). It is set to be released on 27 October.
Baxter will be performing in London on the following dates:
31 October – Rough Trade East
29 November – KOKO