Ian Brown has released the video for his much-anticipated new single First World Problems, the first track taken from his forthcoming album Ripples. Directed by Brown himself, the video was shot in several locations including Dunham Massey, Stretford and Cornbrook and it harks back to his 2001 single ‘F.E.A.R’ in which he also rides a bike backwards. You can check the new video out above.
First World Problems is The Stone Roses frontman’s first solo material in nine years. The single, which is out now, precedes Ripples, which is scheduled for release on 1 March 2019. Ian Brown produced the album and wrote the majority of the tracks, with him also playing a multitude of instruments. The record also includes three songs co-written with his sons, plus covers of Barrington Levy’s ‘Black Roses’ and ‘Break Down The Walls’ by Mikey Dread. For further information, please check out the artist’s website.
As uDiscover Music previously reported, Ripples was recorded in Liverpool and enhanced in the Beatles room at Abbey Road Studios, before being mixed by long-term collaborator Steve Fitzmaurice. The record was digitally mastered by Bob Ludwig in New York, while the vinyl was mastered by Chris Bellman in LA.
Aside from his work with the influential Stone Roses, Brown has previously released six studio albums, including the acclaimed gold-selling titles Unfinished Money Business and Golden Greats. His most recent solo set was 2009’s My Way, released by Fiction Records, which included the popular single ‘Stellify’. Brown also made a notable cameo role in the 2004 film Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban as a wizard magically stirring his drink while reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History Of Time at The Leaky Cauldron.
Ripples is released through Virgin/EMI on 1 March 2019. The full tracklist is as follows:
‘First World Problems’
‘Breathe and Breathe Easy (The Everness Of Now)’
‘The Dream And The Dreamer’
‘From Chaos To Harmony’
‘It’s Raining Diamonds’
‘Blue Sky Day’
‘Break Down The Walls (Warm Up Jam)’