Echo & The Bunnymen have released a new track from their forthcoming album, The Stars The Oceans & The Moon, to be released by BMG on 5 October.
The Somnabulist is a new Bunnymen track that stands proudly amongst those from the band’s undisputed imperial period; three and a half minutes of perfect, soaring melody and poetic lyrical melancholy. The track is available on all streaming and download platforms now.
The Somnabulist is one of two new Echo & The Bunnymen songs recorded for their forthcoming album. As previously revealed, the album sees the band return to their peerless back catalogue to reinterpret thirteen of their most beloved songs with ‘strings and things’, alongside the new tracks How Far and The Somnabulist. Recorded at The Dog House Studios with co-producer Andy Wright, Echo & The Bunnymen handpicked the selection of tracks for the album from their majestic, four-decade spanning archive. Of the new versions, Ian McCulloch said, “I’m not doing this for anyone else. I’m doing it as it’s important to me to make the songs better. I have to do it”.
The album will be released via BMG on 5 October 2018 in the following formats:
Limited double picture disc; available from the band’s online store only
Limited luminous double vinyl; available from HMV and independent shops only
Standard double heavyweight vinyl; cassette; CD; and all digital platforms
The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon can be pre-ordered here: https://bunnymen.tmstor.es/
Echo & The Bunnymen follow up May’s sold out tour of the UK with a further series of UK dates this autumn to coincide with the album release, as follows:
Fri 12 DUBLIN Olympia
Sun 14 WARRINGTON Parr Hall
Mon 15 CARDIFF St David’s Hall
Tue 16 READING Hexagon
Thu 18 LONDON Palladium
Sat 20 NORTHAMPTON Derngate
Sun 21 WARWICK Arts Centre
Mon 22 YORK Barbican
The band are also performing with The Libertines at their one-day festival at Joss Bay in Broadstairs, Kent on Saturday 9 September then, following on from the UK tour, Echo & The Bunnymen will play shows all across Europe and the USA from late October through to early December.