the UK 5-piece’s fifth studio album sees a tonal shift to something much more euphoric, introducing a pop-ier sound to their widescreen, anthemic style.
The music is in turn introspective and joyous, with help from the London Contemporary Voices choir, who feature on 5 tracks. ‘Rituals’ is the result of throwing out the ‘Deaf Havana rulebook’: first; James picked the song titles, second; he wrote tracks that fit the theme of those titles, third; everything was written on the computer, then the band came in to play all the parts. A recurring theme on the album is one of struggle and redemption. Now happily married and feeling secure of his place in the world for the first time in his life, James’ lyrics cover the themes of disconnect, wrestling with the self and letting go of personal demons.
- Cr33pin (Bonus Track - Deluxe CD only)
- Narcissus (Bonus Track - Deluxe CD only)