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Featuring writing contributions from several of its members, Welcome To The Planet sees Big Big Train retain its progressive roots but also creatively branch out and embrace influences from multiple other genres.
Coming just six months after the band’s critically acclaimed top 40 release Common Ground, founder Gregory Spawton explains the short time between albums, “The experience of the pandemic has shown us that we need to make the best use of our time on Earth. With that in mind and with new band members on board giving us a fresh head of steam, we decided on a speedy return to the studio to write and record Welcome To The Planet.”
The album’s opener ‘Made From Sunshine’, co-written by guitarist Dave Foster and singer David Longdon, has guitar lines redolent of Johnny Marr and vocal harmonies reminiscent of the Finn Brothers/Crowded House, with violinist Clare Lindley sharing lead vocals with Longdon.
Elsewhere on the album, keyboard player Carly Bryant gets her first Big Big Train writing credit and lead vocal on the captivating title track. The two recent singles ‘The Connection Plan’ and ‘Lanterna’ are included along with a winter themed song ‘Proper Jack Froster’, a bittersweet tale of childhood. The album is completed by the delicate acoustic ‘Capitoline Venus’, the beautiful ‘Oak And Stone’ and a pair of dazzling instrumentals, ‘A Room With No Ceiling’ and ‘Bats In The Belfry’, written by guitarist/keyboardist Rikard Sjöblom and drummer Nick D’Virgilio respectively.
Limited 180g red vinyl in single cover with lined inner sleeve and a lyric/info insert.
All vinyl pre-orders (including bundles) made before 21st January 2022 will be entered into a special prize draw. The winner will receive a Test Pressing of the album, numbered '001’.
Purchases through Burning Shed come with a download of full album upon release date (available in Your Account).
Made From Sunshine
The Connection Plan
A Room With No Ceiling
Proper Jack Froster
Bats In The Belfry
Oak And Stone
Welcome To The Planet