Manic Street Preachers Detail New LP, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’

They've also shared a new single, 'Orwellian'

Manic Street Preachers will release a new album this September.

Titled The Ultra Vivid Lament, the band’s 14th studio album takes in 11 tracks that were recorded over the winter of 2020 and start of this year. It’s the first Manic Street Preachers album to be initially conceived on piano rather than guitar, and features guest contributions from Mark Lanegan and Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming. You can watch a lyric video for the lead single, ‘Orwellian’, above.

The band say "the track is about the battle to claim meaning, the erasing of context within debate, the overriding sense of factional conflict driven by digital platforms leading to a perpetual state of culture war," and add that "it echoes ABBA, the majesty of Alan Rankine’s playing in the Associates and Talk Talk’s ‘It’s My Life’ with a Lindsey Buckingham guitar solo."

Columbia and Sony will release The Ultra Vivid Lament on September 3, 2021.

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