Art-pop group Dutch Uncles have announced that their new LP Big Balloon will be coming out on 17th February 2017 via Memphis Industries. It’s their fifth record and has taken inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, Eastern European techno and their own dads’ record collections. Thematically, it’s set to deal with everything from austerity, paranoia and loneliness to fried chicken.
To coincide with the announcement, the band shared the record’s title track via Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show. Singer and lyricist Duncan Wallis said of ‘Big Balloon’: “The song has a simple message: to be content with who you are. If you need help with that, then don’t be ashamed or frustrated. If other people appear to be doing a better job at being you than you then it means that that’s not you. And that’s okay too.”
He continued: “As soon as recording began, it felt like the perfect response to the feelings of abandonment we’d been harbouring recently. We see it as the perfect distillation of everything we set out to achieve on the new record.” Listen below.
A few weeks ago, the band also revealed that they’d be going on an extensive tour of the UK. Details below.
1st March – Electric Circus, Edinburgh
2nd March – The Cluny, Newcastle
3rd March – The Wardrobe, Leeds
4th March – Bodega, Nottingham
6th March – Hare and Hounds, Birmingham
7th March – The Plug, Sheffield
8th March – O2 Academy 2, Oxford
9th March – Fleece, Bristol
11th March – The Haunt, Brighton
12th March – Talking Heads, Southampton
13th March – Village Underground, London
15th March – Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester