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The Last Dinner Party album announcement

The Last Dinner Party announce their debut album, Prelude to Ecstasy

01 November 2023, 16:00 | Written by Tyler Damara Kelly

Fast-rising quintet The Last Dinner Party have announced their highly anticipated debut album, Prelude to Ecstasy.

The forthcoming album was produced by James Ford in London, and will feature the breakthrough singles, “Nothing Matters”, “Sinner”, and “My Lady Of Mercy”, as well as the brand new release "On Your Side".

Speaking of the single, the band explains: "“On Your Side is a love song with its hands tied. It’s about being so devoted to someone that no matter what they do, no matter how much it hurts, how much you know you should leave, you can’t escape. The outro came from a wonderful improvised moment in the studio; James Ford had this synthesiser that warped and delayed and played with the fabric of whatever you put into it. So Aurora and Abigail sat in the studio after lunch and improvised some piano and vocal lines, letting the sounds build on top of each other until that final gasp. It turned into this wrenching shimmering section that sounds like the end of a poisonous relationship; dissolving, fragmenting, painful but also ultimately freeing.”

Speaking of their debut album, they continue: “Ecstasy is a pendulum which swings between the extremes of human emotion, from the ecstasy of passion to the sublimity of pain, and it is this concept which binds our album together. This is an archeology of ourselves; you can exhume our collective and individual experiences and influences from within its fabric. We exorcised guitars for their solos, laid bare confessions directly from diary pages, and summoned an orchestra to bring our vision to life."

Since their debut single was released earlier this year, The Last Dinner Party have gone on to support the likes of Florence & The Machine, Lana Del Rey and First Aid Kit, and sell out their own headline shows, quickly moving up from Moth Club to Camden Assembly, to Oslo and two nights at EartH. Now, finally, they move on to the 3000 capacity Roundhouse on the eve of the album's release.

Prelude To Ecstasy will be released on 2 February via Island Records.

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