Richard Ashcroft will release his fifth solo studio album, Natural Rebel, on October 19, via his own RPA label, and his first release with BMG. Ashcroft’s solo career has been successful for the former Verve frontman. His previous solo releases were Alone With Everybody (#1, 2000), Human Conditions (#3, 2002), Keys to the World (#2, 2006) and These People (2016).
Natural Rebel will feature ten new songs, all penned by Ashcroft, and produced by the singer-songwriter, with Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush) and Emre Ramazanoglu (Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker). The recording mostly took place at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, with additional sessions at The Bunker, Tileyard Studios and Hoxa HQ.
Ashcroft’s first single from Natural Rebel is “Surprised by Joy,” an upbeat track filled catchy riffs and hooks, centered around Ashcroft’s amazing vocals. Watch the self-directed video for the track via below:
‘Surprised By The Joy’ is now available for streaming and download HERE. In addition, Natural Rebel is available for pre-order HERE on 180 gram vinyl, CD and cassette. A limited edition clear orange vinyl in a gatefold sleeve is available to pre-order from select independent stores. Lastly, Richard Ashcroft’s official store offers exclusive bundles which include signed formats, a limited edition clear blue vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and highly collectible signed test pressings.
Ashcroft will play some intimate shows this winter in support of Natural Rebel, including Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Manchester & London. Full tour details are below.
The track-listing for Natural Rebel is:
1. All My Dreams
2. Birds Fly
3. Surprised By The Joy*
4. That’s How Strong
5. Born To Be Strangers
6. That’s When I Feel It
7. We All Bleed
8. A Man in Motion
9. Streets of Amsterdam
10. Money Money
UK Tour Dates:
Oct. 26 – Glasgow – Barrowland
Oct. 28 – Middlesborough – Town Hall
Oct. 29 – Nottingham – Rock City
Oct. 31 – Manchester – Albert Hall
Nov. 2 – Kentish Town – Forum
Source: Press Release