Stereophonics have today announced that their 11th studio album, Kind, is scheduled for release via Parlophone Records on 25 October. You can listen to the lead track 'Fly Like An Eagle' and watch the accompanying visual on Gigwise below.
Recorded to tape in just eleven days at The Distillery, Wiltshire, Kind was co-produced by Kelly Jones and George Drakoulias (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Screaming Trees, Primal Scream).
According to a press release, the resulting LP is raw; stripped back. Words perhaps suggesting it's an album that didn't want to move too far from demos Jones will have composed; the temptation for lavish ornamentation left at bay.
‘Fly Like An Eagle’ fits this stripped back claim: the acoustic guitar intro and Jones' trademark gravelly vocal the only thing we hear at first. The song is a slow burner, with grit from the electric guitars in the second half. A playful melodic vocal overdub for the climax suggests an aspect of not rigidly trying to repeat the sound of the live band.
The song streaming above was, like the other songs that made the record, conceived by Jones during a fruitful, manic writing period in November last year: "I had a load of songs that just came through me, lyrics just filling up pages, no crossings out, complete songs formed."
Something of a relief considering weeks earlier he had writer's block: "Our last gig of the world tour was September 2018, in Brooklyn - I was done, had written no songs, nothing new, I thought I felt like quitting for a while.
"‘Fly like an Eagle’ was one of the first I wrote and I feel it covers a lot of ground on the record and the line came, ‘wanna fly like an eagle, and dare to reborn’ - not in a religious sense but it’s about changing and growth, and learning not relying on the comfort zones of your life. And as people we all morph into new and different versions of ourselves. We don’t have to stay the same."
The accompanying video was shot by Charlotte Regan and stars Charlie Creed-Miles (Peaky Blinders).
1. I Just Wanted The Goods
2. Fly Like An Eagle
3. Make Friends With The Morning
5. Hungover For You
6. Bust This Town
7. This Life Ain’t Easy (But It’s The One That We All Got)
8. Street Of Orange Light
9. Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day
10. Restless Mind