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Landshapes announce first album in five years with lead single "The Ring"

25 August 2020, 12:09 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Landshapes have returned with news of their first album in five years, Contact, as well as releasing the lead single "The Ring".

"The Ring" is the group's first new outing since their 2015 LP Heyoon.

Bassist and vocalist Heloise Tunstall-Behrens says of "The Ring", "I suppose it was a love song at first. Inspired by some friends getting married. For me, it evolved into a feeling of connection with the world and non-human species – a partnership upon which we tend to rely and take for granted but don’t appreciate all the time."

Tinstall-Behrens adds of their third album, "We approached this album with the idea of creating more space, simplifying and allowing things to breathe. We also wanted to keep the songs briefer, with fewer deviations."

Synth player Luisa Gerstein says of their new album title, "The working title for a long time was Collapse, but when we came around to naming it, and having the conversation from our respective isolation, we wanted to give it a name that was more hopeful, and about connectivity. Dan suggested Contact and it clicked - Contact with each other; contact with the wider world amidst its unravelling; music feels like a really essential part of that right now."

Landshapes recorded Contact at London's Soup Studios when it was in Limehouse with producer Kwes.

Guitarist/vocalist Jemma Freeman says, "We had a strong idea of wanting to keep a raw feel to the work, and that we wanted external ears to play a guiding influence and add a new voice once we had built the foundations. The sense of previous preciousness was something we could dispose of, as we had more confidence in our ability to play and write. I think it made us bold."

Tracklist:

  1. Rosemary
  2. Siberia
  3. Drama
  4. The Ring
  5. Real Love Is Dead
  6. I’m Mortal
  7. Dizzee
  8. Let Me Be
  9. Just A Plug
  10. Conductor
"The Ring" is out now. Landshapes' Contact album will be released via Bella Union on 20 November, and is available to pre-order now.
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