So, just to recap. There has been a lot to take in today, hasn’t there?
We know that David’s new album, Rattle That Lock, will be released worldwide on Friday 18 September. Produced by David and Phil Manzanera, with lyrics by Polly Samson, of its 10 tracks, three are instrumentals. More on this, and the album cover, a bit later; we don’t want to over-do.
We know that the album’s first single, also ‘Rattle That Lock’, will be played in its entirety for the very first time tomorrow morning on BBC Radio 2’s Chris Evans Breakfast Show, along with some chat from David. Expect to hear him from about 8.45am (UK), but you’ll be able to listen to the programme on demand later.
Now that we have a global release day – that being a Friday – the likes of iTunes, Spotify and all the rest of them will make the single available to download and stream worldwide as the clock strikes midnight (New York time) tonight, so do look and listen out for that.
Michaël Boumendil, whose four-note jingle which precedes station announcements in France inspired the song, was on RTL recently discussing how the song came about, should you wish to test your French.
Its lyrics, written by Polly, were inspired by Book II of John Milton’s Paradise Lost (which also featured in her recent novel, The Kindness, some will recall). If you haven’t seen it yet, David and Polly briefly explain, here.
(Yes, that is Steve DiStanislao on drums. Isn’t it good to see him again?)
Another familiar face – and indeed voice – is singer Mica Paris. She features on the track, along with Louise Marshall and The Liberty Choir.
Back to the album. It will be available in four formats:
1) A CD edition with clothbound, foil-blocked cover, very much like On an Island, with a 22-page booklet of artist and album session photographs taken by Polly and Kevin Westenberg.
2) A deluxe two-disc boxed set. Choose from either CD+DVD or CD+Blu-ray. This includes the album in 5.1 Surround Sound, four Barn Jam films from January 2007, four non-album audio tracks, four documentaries, two promo clips, two hardback books, a double-sided poster (oh yes, you know the one), postcard and pick/plectrum.
3) Vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size 16-page photo/lyric booklet including the aforementioned artist and album session photographs, plus a download card, so you can download a copy of the album as well.
4) Digital download.
All will be available to pre-order tomorrow from the usual sources. If pre-ordering from iTunes, apparently you can have the single straight away thanks to something called ‘Instant Grat’, so that’s nice.
I think that’ll do for now. Have you taken it all in?