Elbow have just unveiled the first song to be taken off their upcoming sixth studio album, The Take Off and Landing Of Everything, due for release on March 10th.
‘Fly Boy Blue/Lunette’ is classic Elbow, a six-minute long epic divided in two distinct but equally beautiful parts.
It starts off gently with acoustic guitar, inventively driving bass and an impeccably executed simple drum pattern. Guy Garvey’s voice has a very warm and comforting appeal to it. But nothing prepares us for the scratching and tearing guitar riff that follows. The song then swells into a massive orgy of sounds, complete with vibrant horns, before fading out. Garvey’s singing at that point is reminiscent of the intro to ‘Weather To Fly’ from their Mercury-winning album The Seldom Seen Kid. The track then continues in classic Elbow fashion with lyrics referencing Irish whiskey and cigarettes, layered on top of ethereal harmonies. “Mother forgive me, I’ll still want a bottle of good Irish whiskey and a bundle of smokes in my grave”, he sings.
The song comes as a free download with the pre-order of the album. Elbow will be touring the UK in support of the record, including a date at London’s O2 Arena in April.
Listen to the song here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dELKUivJo4w