NEWS: Manics release shimmering duet with Julia Cumming: ‘The Secret He Had Missed’

NEWS: Manics release shimmering duet with Julia Cumming: ‘The Secret He Had Missed’

Manic Street Preachers have release the second track from their forthcoming album The Ultra Vivid Lament, ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ is three and a half minutes of shimmering melody. A push-and-pull duet imagining dialogue between Welsh brother and sister artists Augustus and Gwen John, who were opposites united by blood yet driven apart by divergent lifestyles.

A cousin of (the bands 4th album) ‘Everything Must Go’s’ track ‘The Girl Who Wanted To Be God’, ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ features a gorgeous vocal from Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean) set over a tumbling ABBA-esque piano line, nifty guitar licks and a galloping, restless rhythm track.

The video for the single stars Newport born actress Aimee Ffion Edwards (Peaky Blinders/The Detectorists/Skins) and was directed by the band’s long-time visual collaborator Kieran Evans in Tenby and Newport’s Dolman Theatre.

The band release their 14th studio album ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ on 3rd September 2021 on Columbia/Sony and the new track is the follow up to radio hit ‘Orwellian’. After several festival dates the band play two re-scheduled Cardiff shows for the NHS in September and then embark on a tour.

The press release says: “‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is both reflection and reaction; a record that gazes in isolation across a cluttered room, fogged by often painful memories, to focus on an open window framing a gleaming vista of land melting into sea and endless sky.

Musically, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is inspired by a formative years record box (ABBA, post-Eno Roxy, the Bunnymen, Fables-era REM, Lodger) though the end result could only be the unique union of James Dean Bradfield, Nicky Wire and Sean Moore.

A departure from their last release (2018’s ‘Resistance is Futile’), ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ is the first Manic Street Preachers album initially conceived on piano rather than guitar. It was recorded over winter 2020/21 in Wales at Rockfield in Monmouth and the bands’ Door to the River studio in Newport with longtime collaborator Dave Eringa (The Who), before being mixed by David Wrench (Blossoms, Frank Ocean, Arlo Parks). The album features two guest vocalists: Julia Cumming (Sunflower Bean) on ‘The Secret He Had Missed’ and Mark Lanegan on ‘Blank Diary Entry’.”

There are exclusive signed copies, picture disc vinyl and cassette on the official store, an exclusive version of the vinyl with alternate artwork available at HMV and an exclusive yellow version of the vinyl on Amazon.

Following Manic Street Preachers longest enforced break from playing live, the group will take the album on a 14 date cross-country tour. Prior to these dates, they play some previously announced festival shows. Support on all headline shows comes from The Anchoress (except Wembley).

Pre-order ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’ from the official store (https://manicstreetpreachers.lnk.to/store) and tickets for the tour are on sale now:

http://gigst.rs/Manics https://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/manic-street-preachers-tickets/artist/741429

Photo credit: Alex Lake

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