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Franz Ferdinand, KSI, The Mysterines, The Staves, Sam Ryder Named As National Album Day Ambassadors

Tuesday, 16 August 2022 Written by Laura Johnson

Franz Ferdinand, Ksi, The Mysterines, Sam Ryder, and The Staves have been announced as artist ambassadors for this year's National Album Day.

This year, the annual event will take place on October 15 with the theme of 'Debut Albums', following former themes of Women in Music and the '80s. Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos said:

“What a glorious medium the album is. On the most basic level it’s a bunch of songs that sound good together, but what I love is that it is a moment in time for the artist and the listener, a way to define a period of a lifetime. It’s the long form: a novel rather than a short story, a film rather than a trailer. Sure, you can get a panel of writers to construct a song to meet the criteria of the algorithm, and that’s a distinct skill, but it will never have the complexity or richness and deep reward of a good album.”

KSI also commented:

"With an album, it’s essentially you living in the mind of an artist. What they’re thinking, what they’re feeling and how it makes me feel listening to it. Do I relate? Do I agree or disagree, what emotions do I feel? Even the instrumental can make you feel a certain way. Albums at different stages in our lives can be so pivotal and help inspire different ways of thinking or feeling and why I feel it is so important in our lives. Listening to certain albums is like looking back at history of how I was feeling in the moment in time. And the nostalgia is truly amazing.”

“I’m so pleased to be an ambassador for National Album Day," said Lia Metcalfe, singer and lead songwriter of The Mysterines. "We released our debut album 'Reeling' earlier this year and it has been one of the most seminal moments in our lives.

"The album will remain a part of us forever, not just because it marks our first full creation as a band, but its years worth of stories, experiences and emotions weaved through the songs.

There is nothing better than listening to an album in its entirety, from start to finish, in the way the artist intended it to be heard. I feel like we’ve lost that a lot nowadays, and to be part of National Album Day as an avid record listener and collector is something that is so integral to who I am.”

National Album Day began in 2018, and is currently presented in association with official audio partner Bowers & Wilkins and official broadcast partner BBC Sounds. More releases, events and activities will be announced in the run-up to the day.


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