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Jamie Lenman Lines Up July Release For New Album 'Shuffle', Shares First Single Popeye

Friday, 15 March 2019 Written by Jon Stickler

Jamie Lenman has announced a new album, 'Shuffle'.

Led by the short and sharp first single Popeye, a skin-peeling one-minute rush of chunky riffs and propulsive beats, the follow up to 2016's 'Devolver' is set to arrive on July 5 through Big Scary Monsters. At its heart, it's a covers album featuring 14 reinterpretations through all forms of media; music, movies, books, games and TV. Lenman said:

"I’ve always wanted to make a covers record. Some of these versions have been in the works for many years, so this was a real career goal for me. I was originally going to do it straight after 'Muscle Memory', but ultimately I felt that I needed to press on with another album of originals to fully establish my sound as a solo artist. I think 'Devolver' achieved this, making now exactly the right time to get a bit creative.

I feel like the phrase 'covers album' has become a bit of a dirty word, which is odd to me - they’re a vital part of our musical landscape. Some of my favourite records are cover albums – Annie Lennox’s Medusa, Johnny Cash’s American, even those early records by the Beatles and The Specials were mostly covers, and still utterly their sound. I want to redefine the concept of a covers album – not just lazy sound-alikes of 80s classics, not just ironic metal versions of pop tunes – there’s no passion or invention in that, it’s just a smug joke. I may have covered a handful of childhood chart hits on this album, but I’ve also covered songs by relatively unknown artists, and I’ve covered songs by artists from my local music scene who I grew up with and admire."

Head below to view the video for Popeye alongside the album's tracklist and cover art, which Lenman created.

"The symbols on the album cover are all made up of the same group of graphics, shuffled together to represent each track. Every graphic appears at least twice, in different combinations. It was a real challenge to put the whole thing together.

For me, this album has been a dream come true - total creative freedom, a chance to push myself into terrifying new territories. There are so many parts of it that I still can't believe we actually managed to achieve, from singing in ancient languages to acting with one of my heroes and so much more besides. I can't wait for everyone to hear it."

The former Reuben frontman will celebrate the album's announcement with a special invite-only performance at a secret location this weekend. Check out the below Facebook post for more information.

Earlier this week Lenman announced details of two all-day festivals to be held in Glasgow and London this summer, named The Road to Lenmania. Following that, he'll curate, open and close his own stage at 2000trees festival. 

'Shuffle' tracklist:

1. Tomorrow Never Knows
2. Killer
3. Taxi Driver
4. Popeye
5. You're The Boss
6. Song Of Seikilos
7. Coda
8. She Bop
9. Adamantium Rage
10. Love Song For A Vampire
11. The Pequod Meets The Delight
12. A Handsome Stranger Called Death
13. Hey Jude
14. The Remembrance

Jamie Lenman Upcoming Tour Dates are as follows

Fri July 05 2019 - GLASGOW Saint Luke's
Sun July 07 2019 - LONDON O2 Academy Islington

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