2020 album. Also available on vinyl.
Constantly creative, Marc Almond’s new album ‘Chaos and a Dancing Star’ was made in collaboration with producer, songwriter and pianist Chris Braide, who also worked on Marc’s 2015 album ‘The Velvet Trail’. The title informs many of the album’s themes, and impermanence is also a recurring topic. It emerges in various forms: mortality in “Black Sunrise” and “Dust”, as well as saying farewell and leaving a legacy in “Cherry Tree” and “When The Stars Are Gone”. The jaunty “Slow Burn Love” provides light amongst the darkness, with its hope of finding an ever-lasting love rather than one that’s “over before you blink your eyes” - a counterpoint to Marc’s common premise that love inevitably proves to be a disappointment.
Inspired by writing in Los Angeles, Marc Almond also added some Americana to the album. Referencing the famous cemetery to the stars with which it shares its name, “Hollywood Forever” addresses suicide and the passing of the Golden Age. Meanwhile, “Chevrolet Corvette Stingray” is an unemotional, fetishistic love song about cold sociopathic beauty. All but beauty and love is meaningless and without it we are nothing. “Lord Of Misrule” features not only Almond’s fervent voice but a flute courtesy of Jethro Tull legend Ian Anderson and a searing guitar solo part of a characteristically larger-than-life anthem. Marc notes, “It’s probably fair to say that I wrote “Lord of Misrule” with Ian in mind as I’ve always thought there was a touch of pagan mischief about him. It’s a kind of alternative Christmas song.”
“I wanted to write romantic apocalyptic love songs and set the songs in the fatal end of days settings with a touch of mystic paganism yet hopelessness,” says Marc. “It reflects the out-of-kilter world in which we find ourselves living today. Crows are a symbolic recurring theme on this record. When their eyes turn blue their life is coming to an end. Maybe it is the end of days for all of us, and perhaps this is something we should acknowledge.”
An iconic and influential figure with a career that spans almost 40 years and more than 30 million sales, Marc Almond has enjoyed a fresh renaissance in recent years. 2017’s retrospective ‘Hit & Pieces’ saw him return to the Top 10 of the album charts, and it was followed by the critically acclaimed ‘Shadows and Reflections’ set, which became the highest-charting solo album of his career so far. He also reunited with David Ball to say goodbye to Soft Cell with an emotional sold-out show at London’s O2.
Tracklisting: Black Sunrise / Hollywood Forever / Chevrolet Corvette Stingray / Dust / Slow Burn Love / Fighting A War / Cherry Tree / Chaos / Dreaming of Sea / When the Stars are Gone / Giallo / Lord of Misrule / The Crows Eyes Have Turned Blue