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Travis Announce New Album '10 Songs', Share Video For Second Single A Ghost

Wednesday, 03 June 2020 Written by Stereoboard

Travis have announced a new album.

'10 Songs' will arrive on October 9 through BMG and follow up 2016's 'Everything At Once'. The record will feature the 2019 single Kissing In The Wind and cameo appearances from Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle on synth, lap steel from Greg Leisz (who's played with Beck, Emmylou Harris, Bruce Springsteen) and vocals from Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles.

Head below to check out the video for the band's new single, A Ghost, an eclectic, toe-tapping cut that brings together elements of rock, folk and indie. Frontman Fran Healy explained how it came together:

 "The video for ‘A Ghost’ started out as a mocked up picture of me and 3 ghosts playing the last chorus of the song in a deserted alleyway. It looked cool so I took that image and back engineered a story out of it. Just when everything was ready to shoot, the world went into lockdown, so we had this great song with no way to make a video. Frustrated and in an act of desperation, I decided to draw it. Before I was a singer in Travis I was a student at Glasgow School of Art so I am a good draughtsman, but I'd never done animation. I did a test to calculate how long it might take me. 16 hours for each, 10 seconds of footage. It worked out that it would take around 30 days which landed exactly on the deadline date. So I drew and drew and drew and drew. 2,500 drawings later, it was done.

"One day, I was watching a sequence back and when it got to the end of what I had drawn, it flashed and went into live action. It looked great. This was the moment I realised I could shoot the mock up picture of me playing with my band of ghosts in the alley way. This helped in 3 ways. 1. Filming the last 47 seconds would save me 10 days of drawing. 2. I could recruit my 14 year old son, Clay as the cameraman. He has a drone camera so could shoot it remotely and could use it as part of his school video project 3. Most importantly, we could film it socially distant.  It was the most bizarre video shoot I have ever worked on. You realise how important proximity is to getting things done when it's taken out of the equation. But we did it and it turned out great. Clay has to wait till we release the song to hand in his video project."

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