The sonic storyteller himself Mr Neil Hannon, returns with his 12th studio album ‘Office Politics’ following The Divine Comedy’s 2016 acclaimed album ‘Forever Land’ and it’s a fantastic 16 track tour de force from one of the UK’s indomitable singer-songwriters. Plus the deluxe CD includes a bonus disc featuring the 15 track album ‘Swallows & Amazons: The Original Piano Demos’: Neil Hannon's original demos for the stage musical adaptation of 'Swallows and Amazons.' The songs from the show have never before been released.
The album was written, arranged and produced by Neil Hannon and features guest vocals from Chris Difford of Squeeze, Cathy Davey and Pete Ruotolo and who better to explain about his new title than the Neil himself:
“To whom it may concern,
I told you I would make a double album one day! Nobody believed me. Jeff Lynne, eat your heart out…
It has synthesisers. And songs about synthesisers. But don’t panic. It also has guitars, orchestras, accordions, and songs about love and greed. Phew…
It is peopled with a shiny new cast of my imaginary friends (and enemies): East Anglian lovers and historical re-enactors, Norman and Norma. Sir Hillary Oldmoney, a complete banker if ever there was one. The outrageously selfish ‘Opportunity’ Knox. He jumps queues, annoys party goers and would kill for a promotion. Christine, who makes excellent photocopies but whose office romance has gone south. A pair of furniture removers and part-time minimalist composers named Philip and Steve. Even a certain Billy Bird has squirrelled his way back into proceedings.
But the central characters in Office Politics are the machines. Machines that do this, machines that do that. Machines that will smother us all in our sleep. Perhaps the raging battle of instrumentation and musical genres on the album is a subconscious reflection of this conflict. Perhaps this increasingly crazy world has sent me scurrying to the new wave and synthpop of my youth for comfort. Perhaps I was just bored.
I’m sorry it’s all so crazy. I do try to make normal pop records. But it always seems to wander off into odd territories when I’m not concentrating.
All I can say is…
I told you I would make a double album one day!!!
Signed: Neil Hannon, Head Of Communications”
The album is released on deluxe CD with bonus disc featuring the 15 track album ‘Swallows & Amazons: The Original Piano Demos’, coloured double vinyl, standard CD and both deluxe (includes the bonus CDmaterial) and standard digital download albums. (2LP includes digital download code for the deluxe digital download album.)
The Divine Comedy announced an 11 date UK and Ireland tour for October, including a show at theEventim Apollo in Hammersmith, London. Tickets are already on sale and dates are selling out fast.