Maxïmo Park have returned to share news of their forthcoming album Nature Always Wins, and have unveiled new track "Baby, Sleep" as the lead single.
"Baby, Sleep" lands after last month's "Child Of The Flatlands" track, and vocalist Paul Smith describes the song as "a light-hearted look at the surreal nature of sleep-deprivation, and the way it distorts normality in a capitalist society."
Smith, guitarist Duncan Lloyd and drummer Tom English recruited Atlanta producer Ben Allen (Animal Collective, Deerhunter) as their temporary fourth member for Nature Always Wins, and ended up finishing the LP virtually from two different continents due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussing the album, Smith says, "I'm so happy we were able to make this album during lockdown, as it's been a challenging time for everyone. After almost four years since Risk To Exist, we wanted to explore new musical territory (for us) without sacrificing our trademark melodic twists and heartfelt lyrics. As always, the passing of time looms large, although the songs contain more affection for the past than before, and there are occasional hints of the fractious, divided time that we live in."