Manchester band Cult Party have announced their first album in two years, And Then There Was This Sound, set for release on 21st July via Manchester's Icecapades Records (Slowcoaches, Joey Fourr, Sprinters, Sex Hands...)
They've also shared 'I Got The Blues This Morning', a gorgeous folk effort which displays bandleader Leo Robinson's poignant vocals through his confessional storytelling
Leo says: "When I wrote I Got The Blues... I was really into the idea of writing a kind of delta blues "woke up this morning" style song. Even though it doesn't really sound anything like that it still has that confessional tone, like the idea of a song that comes from a person, and tells you how that person feels and where they went. Like when Woody Guthrie sang "It takes a ten dollar shoe to fit my feet", it's like he's just singing the last thing he thought about but it's a powerful insight somehow. That's kind of what this song was like for me. I guess it's about the healing powers of specific places and ways of healing or dealing with sadness in general. But this is probably the first song I've written that isn't bursting with symbolism, so it's all very much on the surface."
Beginning life as the bedroom project of multi-disciplinary artist Leo Robinson - a specialist in the kind of hushed, evocative recordings which bring to mind the intimacy of well-loved acts like The Microphones and Thanksgiving - Cult Party has quickly blossomed into one of the most respected bands working out of Manchester.
Recorded last year with a close-knit group of friends, including Moshi Moshi Records' signee Kiran Leonard, And Then There Was this Sound follows on from Leo's last full-length effort, the long sold out, Eternal Love & The Death of Everything. The new album was composed and recorded at the same time as Leo, who also works as a visual artist, was busy readying artwork for his debut solo show at the Tiwani Gallery.
With his creativity at a peak, and ideas humming around his head, Leo and his band have produced a rich follow-up album with its eyes very much to the sky. Brimming with energy, inventiveness and positivity, it's a master-class in taut songwriting and economical arrangement.
Buoyed by the assistance of some of the best musicians in Manchester, Leo's guitar playing delivers a transcendental, meditative quality, adding weight to a suite of beautifully arranged and generously orchestrated songs. Alongside a minimal set-up of guitar, vocals, organ, cello, violin and percussion, Leo's baritone croon intones a sequence of emotionally expressive lyrics, veering from free-associative poetry to intimate confessionals. All of this adds up to a wonderfully warm record that spans four tracks and over forty minutes of music, inviting you into the world of its creator.