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March 9, 2009 - grahamcoxon.co.uk:

Graham releases a brand new solo album 'The Spinning Top' on Transgressive Records on May 11

The album, Graham's finest yet, features musical contributions from Robyn Hitchcock and Danny Thompson.

Graham at BBC Folk Awards 2008
Graham at BBC Folk Awards 2008

Graham Coxon releases his brand new album The Spinning Top on Transgressive Records on May 11.

The album was recorded in London in Spring 2008 and features musical contributions from Robyn Hitchcock and Danny Thompson, amongst others. It was produced by Stephen Street.

A single "Sorrow's Army" will follow a week after the album, on May 18; a limited edition single "In the Morning", available on etched 10" vinyl as part of 'Record Store Day', will precede the album on April 18.

Graham will be performing at the Transgressive showcase at South by Southwest, as well as at selected other events within the festival. He also plays with Peter Doherty on his tour later in March. Graham will preview his album with several low key shows in May, with a full solo tour to follow in the autumn.

The Spinning Top features 15 brand new tracks and marks something of a departure in sound and feel from previous Graham Coxon solo work. It is also unusual in that the songs follow a narrative "nothing less than the story of a man from birth to death!"

Graham says: "The album is mainly an acoustic journey although there is, of course, some explosive electric guitar action. I wanted to show how exciting acoustic instruments can be, how dynamic and rich and heart-thumpingly raw they can sound at a time when acoustic music seems either too cute or too soppy. Obvious influences here are the amazing Martin Carthy, the late, great Davey Graham and the late, great John Martyn".

"There are some guests too! Robyn Hitchcock supplies some counter-attack guitar, Jas Singh plays dilruba and jori with his friends Gurjit Sembhi on taus and Jaskase Singh on esraj. Danny Thompson plays the legendary Victoria, Graham Fox gives plenty of swing on the drums and sizzle cymbals and Louis Vause tinkles the ivories".

"My friend Lucy supplies the voice of the wife and Natasha Marsh channels the voice of the Medea-like enchantress".

Graham will be playing the following gigs at SXSW:

  • 18th March - Levi's Fader day party @ The Fader Fort
  • 19th March - Transgressive day party @ Brush Square Park
  • 20th March - Billboard official evening showcase @ Pangaea
  • 21st March - Mojo magazine day party @ Mean Eyed Cat and Q magazine day party @ Mean Eyed Cat

Update added March 14, 2009 from vblurpage.com:

The tracklisting for The Spinning Top is:

  1. Look Into The Light
  2. This House
  3. In The Morning
  4. If You Want Me
  5. Perfect Love
  6. Brave The Storm
  7. Dead Bees
  8. Sorrow's Army
  9. Caspian Sea
  10. Home
  11. Humble Man
  12. Feel Alright
  13. Far From Everything
  14. Tripping Over
  15. November

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