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Andy Burrows & Matt Haig

Reasons To Stay Alive

fiction



cd (pre-order)

Expected Release: 1st Feb 2019

£9.99


heavyweight red lp + download (pre-order)

Expected Release: 1st Feb 2019

£19.99


Musician and songwriter Andy Burrows and number one, bestselling author Matt Haig will release their album collaboration, Reasons To Stay Alive, on 1st February on Fiction Records.

The pair, whose friendship blossomed after they “met” on Twitter, have spent the past year passing ideas back and forth to create a stunning collection of songs loosely inspired by Haig’s much loved books, including Reasons to Stay Alive and How to Stop Time, with words by Haig and music by Burrows. Reasons to Stay Alive, its title boldly acknowledging the themes and influence of Haig’s autobiographical book, is a unique project: a rich, colourful suite of gutsy, classic songwriting. Full of shades of Elton John, Supertramp and Queen, and with an emotional undercurrent that could not be more relevant in today’s world. Together the pair spin love stories, travel space and time, celebrate soul-mates and travel unflinchingly into the tenderer recesses of the mind. The album burst into life over an intense first fortnight, with Andy in Los Angeles and Matt at home in Hove. Each afternoon, piano parts with the kind of melodies Haig had never envisaged would arrive in his inbox. “As soon as I heard what Andy was doing, I couldn’t have imagined it any other way,” says Haig. “He had somehow unlocked the melody inside the words. It was so instantaneous, to have that back and forth. When you write books it’s not the same, that’s more like the musician-producer relationship. I’ve hated collaborations before!” “The reason his words rang so true with me,” says Burrows, “is that the darkness of life is so important to filter, and take on board, and put back out – but these songs all have a trim of colour and an optimistic flare.”

Reasons To Stay Alive

Tracklist

  1. A Different Game
  2. Barcelona
  3. Reasons To Stay Alive
  4. Hero
  5. The Story Of Me And You
  6. How To Stop Time
  7. Lucky Song
  8. Parallel Lives
  9. Handle With Care
  10. Tomorrow
  11. Lost In Space