Manchester outfit Elbow have returned with a new single ‘Dexter & Sinister’, off their forthcoming album, Giants Of All Sizes, due on 11 October.
As their first new music in 18 months, the Mancunian band delivers a sweeping, seven-minute long track that offers an “epic melding of ominous, creeping grooves and deity denying lyrics”.
The track hit streaming services today and will be available as a limited edition, one-sided 10-inch single with lyric etching on the B-side tomorrow on 2 August.
The track was initially recorded at Clouds Hill Studios, Hamburg, in a studio brimming with old analogue equipment that encouraged the band to experiment, an essential part of ‘Dexter & Sinister’s genesis according to keyboardist and producer Craig Potter.
‘We haven’t sat around and played like that in a long time,” shared Potter in a press statement. “The looseness in the track definitely comes from us playing live in the room and, on the second part, we decided not to play to a click to really allow the tune to breathe.”
The track takes its name from a coat of arms, where “dark” and “sinister” represent the opposing sides. As lead singer and lyricist Guy Garvey further explains:
“A great, big, bewildered question dealing with my feelings on Brexit, the loss of family and friends and the general sense of disaffection you see all around at the moment.”
The track also features additional vocals from longtime friend of the band, American folk singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop.
Recently, Elbow has been selected as one of the four ambassadors for National Album Day, which takes place on Saturday, 12 October.
The band has been on the festival circuit this summer, and is expected to announce a number of UK and European headline tour dates in the near future. Set for release on 11 October, Giants Of All Sizes is the follow-up to 2017’s Little Fictions.
The limited-edition 10-inch vinyl single can be bought here.
Visit their official artist page for current tour dates and details.