Ed Harcourt has announced his new record Furnaces and revealed the first two songs: "The World Is On Fire" and "Dionysus".
Furnaces will be Harcourt's first record for Polydor, and seventh in total - it's described as his "most ambitious and abrasive" album yet.
Flood (Nick Cave, PJ Harvey) produces Furnaces, with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa, The Invisible/Polar Bear's Tom Herbert, and Hannah Lou Clark performing. Tom Waits collaborator Michael Blair adds percussion, and Hunter S. Thompson collaborator Ralph Steadman has produced the artwork. Quite a crew.
Harcourt's also announced a new headline show at the Village Underground on 21 September. Tickets will be on sale 8 July.
Speaking about the LP, Harcourt says: “I wanted to make a record that people can cry, f**k and fight to. I don’t think there are many records out like that at the moment, but all my favourite records have that, whether it’s Prince or Nine Inch Nails. I hadn’t made a record before that has this kind of danger to it.”
Furnaces is out 19 August. Listen to both new tracks below, and checkout the tracklist after.
"The World Is On Fire"
2. The World Is On Fire
3. Loup Garou
5. Occupational Hazard
6. Nothing But A Bad Trip
7. You Give Me More Than Love
9. There Is A Light Below
10. Last Of Your Kind