Dutch Uncles have today announced details of new studio album ‘Big Balloon’, which is set to be released later this month.
Released on Memphis Industries the album is heralded by an eponymous single.
“As soon as recording began, it felt like the perfect response to the feelings of abandonment we’d been harbouring recently,” says vocalist and lyricist Duncan Wallis.
“At times, it felt as though our ideas were quickly going out of fashion – the psychedelic tag seemingly now attached to pretty much any new artist with a chorus pedal – but ‘Big Balloon’ feels like the perfect distillation of everything we set out to achieve on the new record.”
“The song helped steer the direction of the songs written afterwards which became the album ‘Big Balloon’,” adds composer Robin Richards.
“It reminded us of the potency of the electric guitar, and brought them back as focal instruments on the record.”
Taking musical inspiration from Kate Bush’s The Red Shoes, Low-era David Bowie, some other slightly-less fashionable records belonging to their Dads and eastern European techno discovered by Richards while working in Ukraine this year, the subjects tackled on ‘Big Balloon’ include austerity cuts, therapy, fried chicken, paranoia and coming to terms with loneliness.
It’s the fifth Dutch Uncles studio album and the follow-up to 2015’s acclaimed ‘O Shudder’.
Dutch Uncles recently announced a tour for 2017, bringing their unique art-pop manoeuvres to UK venues.
The run culminates in two special nights at London’s Village Underground and Manchester’s Dancehouse Theatre on March 13 and 15.
01 March – Edinburgh, Electric Circus
02 March – Newcastle, The Cluny
03 March – Leeds, The Wardrobe
04 March – Nottingham, Bodega
06 March – Birmingham, Hare and Hounds
07 March – Sheffield, The Plug
08 March – Oxford, O2 Academy2
09 March – Bristol, Fleece
11 March – Brighton, The Haunt
12 March – Southampton, Talking Heads
13 March – London, Village Underground
15 March – Manchester, Dancehouse Theatre