The Flower Kings debuted its latest single and its companion video this week.
The band debuted the lyric video for its new single ‘Morning News‘ Friday. The song and its companion video are the third from the band’s forthcoming album Islands. The premiere follows that of the album’s singles ‘From The Ground‘ and ‘Broken.’
The ‘Morning News’ lyric video features the song’s lyrics set against various images, such as time lapse footage of cars driving along roads in England, descendants of the Mayans performing dances of their ancestors, people celebrating the Day of the Dead. The song’s musical arrangement is a stark contrast from that of its predecessors, presenting a more folk-infused sound than those works. Founding member/guitarist Roine Stolt compared the song’s arrangement more to works of Sir Paul McCartney in a recent interview.
Additionally, Stolt said during that interview, that the song’s lyrical theme touches on a very existential topic.
The song is about a beautiful end, realization and acceptance of our own mortality,” he said
The upcoming release of Islands will come less than a year after the band released its then most recent album Waiting For Miracles. That album was released Nov. 8, 2019.
Stolt talked about the album’s release date in another recent interview.
“All shows and festivals were cancelled and the future didn’t really ‘unfold’ itself like we had hoped,” said Stolt. “To sit out the pandemic with no activities was not an option for us! We can’t be stopped by an evil virus! So, with members living in the USA, Italy, Austria and Sweden, the only way to realize this album, was to use the magic of the ‘net’, sending files around the globe and start building what now has become a mammoth-sized double album of 21 songs.”
The album’s track listing is noted below.
Disc One (49:40)
1 – Racing With Blinders On 4:24
2 – From The Ground 4.02
3 – Black Swan 5:53
4 – Morning News 4:01
5 – Broken 6:38
6 – Goodbye Outrage 2:19
7 – Journeyman 1:43
8 – Tangerine 3:51
9 – Solaris 9:10
10 – Heart Of The Valley 4:18
11- Man In A Two Peace Suit 3:21
Disc Two (43:01)
1 – All I Need Is Love 5:48
2 – A New Species 5:45
3 – Northern Lights 5:43
4 – Hidden Angles 0:50
5 – Serpentine 3:52
6 – Looking For Answers 4:30
7 –Telescope 4:41
8 – Fool’s Gold 3:11
9 – Between Hope & Fear 4:29
10 – Islands 4:12
The double-disc album will release on limited edition 3LP/2CD box; limited edition 2CD digipack, and standard digital. Pre-sales for Islands are open.
Stolt said of the album’s concept, it is relevant to the world’s current situation.
“The theme of the album is isolation – so the title ‘Islands’ felt like a most relevant title – as much of it circulates around isolation, loss, and the fear of being disconnected,” he said. “Having to face this unexpected pandemic will leave marks on each one of us for a very long time and to lose loved ones forces us to soldier on, learning and growing a stronger version of ourselves in this fragile cycle of life.”
“Musically, the aim has been to create a bigger grand epic piece out of 21 songs – so they are all connected with themes that weave in and out – like the way ‘Sgt Peppers’ or ‘The Lamb’ were built on shorter songs, but yet linked,” added Stolt. “So view it as one mega song or as 21 separate pieces, it is all tailored to be listened to as one piece – like a cinematic 90-min. long ride.”
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