Former Supergrass frontman and sideburn legend GAZ COOMBES has revealed details of his second solo album, Matador, and has also announced UK tour dates. The indie legend released his debut solo LP, Here Comes The Bombs, to critical acclaim in 2012 following the split of Supergrass two years earlier.
His somophore album, Matador, will be released on 26th January, and was recorded partly in Coombes’ home studios and partly in the Courtyard Studios in Oxfordshire. With the exception of drums on four tracks, synths on one and backing vocals, everything on the record was played by Gaz himself.
Early notes from Coombes’ press release reveal “A sense of space permeates every second of Matador’s thirty-nine minutes. From the astral gorgeousness of ‘The Girl Who Fell To Earth’ to the dream-like cadences of ‘Oscillate’, it’s the sound of a songwriter melting musical boundaries like snow; merging elements of Neu!, Disney musicals, Swedish psychedelicists Goat, Gyorgy Ligeti and Eno in a glacial soundscape as ambitious as it is beautiful. The result is an album in the classic sense. Matador is the sound of one of Britain’s greatest songwriters facing the future with a flourish.”
The full tracklisting for Matador has been confirmed as follows:
The English Ruse
The Girl Who Fell To Earth
To The Wire
Is It On?
Coombes has also announced a series of UK tour dates in February, starting off at Bristol’s Fleece on 4th Feb, winding up at Manchester’s Gorilla on 11th.
4th – The Fleece, Bristol
5th – The Old Market, Brighton
6th – Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
7th – O2 Academy, Oxford
9th – The Glee Club, Birmingham
10th – Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh
11th – Gorilla, Manchester