Brighton indie-folk trio Peggy Sue have this week revealed new track ‘Longest Day of the Year Blues’. The new song is taken from the bands forthcoming album ‘Choir of Echoes’, which has been given a January 27th 2014 release via Wichita Recordings.

In the words of the band, ‘Longest Day of the Year Blues’ “is a pretty straightforward break up song. One of those break-up songs about getting dumped and having to go to work the next day when the next day happens to be the longest day of the year. I remember thinking to myself cynically ‘Well this sucks… But at least it’s wonderfully poetic.’ It has the word ‘baby’ in it 5 times. I guess I may have been listening to my Greatest Ever Doo Wop Song compilation a little too much last summer.

Choir of Echoes’ marks the third studio release for the band after 2010’s ‘Fossils and Other Phantoms’ and critically acclaimed 2011 release ‘Acrobats’ (which was recorded with producer John Parish, known for his work with PJ Harvey, EELS and Sparklehorse). The band also released ‘Peggy Sue Play the Songs of Scorpio Rising’ in September 2012, via Yep Roc Records. This extraordinary album features twelve new arrangements of songs taken from the 1963 Kenneth Anger cult classic ‘Scorpio Rising’. This quite unique recording came about after the band was invited to perform a live soundtrack to a film at a temporary cinema in Hackney, East London.

Produced at the legendary Rockfield Studio in South Wales by Jimmy Robertson (the man who made the “…Scorpio Rising” collection), and mixed by John Askew (who also worked with the band on their debut full-length, Fossils and Other Phantoms’) the new Peggy Sue album “is an album about singing. About losing your voice and finding it again” they explain. “Voices keeping each other company and voices competing for space. The call and response of the kindest and the cruelest words. Choruses. Duets. Whispers and shouts.”

Take a listen to ‘Idle’ as well, above. This was GIGsoup ‘Track of the Day’ last year and also features on the new album. Full track-listing for ‘Choir of Echoes’ is as follows…

1.Come Back Around

2.Esme

3.Substitute

4.Figure of Eight

5.Always Going

6.Just the Night

7.How Heavy the Quiet that Grew Between Your Mouth and Mine

8.Electric Light

9.Longest Day of the Year Blues

10.Idle

11.And Always Is

12.Two Shots

13.The Error of  Your Ways

To promote the forthcoming album Peggy Sue has announced a series of live dates. These are…

23rd Jan – London, Rough Trade In-store
27th Jan – London, St Pancras Old Church
27th March – Copenhagen, Ideal Bar @VEGA
28th March – Hamburg, Kulturhaus III & 70
30th March – Berlin, Privatclub
31st March – Munich, Kranhalle
1st April – Cologne, Blue Shell
2nd April – Brussels, Botanique (Witloof Bar)
3rd April – Utrecht, Ekko
7th April – Brighton, Green Door Store
8th April – Coventry, The Tin
9th April – Manchester, Soup Kitchen
10th April – Glasgow, Broadcast
11th April – Liverpool, Leaf
12th April – Sheffield, The Harley
14th April – Bristol, The Old Bookshop
15th April – London, Oslo

 

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