Lush have announced details of the release of the Blind Spot EP on Friday 15th April 2016 on their own Edamame Records.
‘Blind Spot’ was recorded in the summer of 2015 with Jim Abbiss (Adele, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys) & Daniel Hunt (Ladytron) at Abbiss’ own Lime Green Monkeys studio. Available as a limited gatefold edition 10”, a regular 10”, CD & DL, the EP is the first new music the band have released since their single 500 (Shake Baby Shake), taken from their last album Lovelife, in July 1996.
The EP will be accompanied by a video for the track Out Of Control directed by Martin Andersen (www.andersenm.com), who also shot the images for the cover of the EP.
Talking about the recording of the EP, Miki Berenyi commented:
“It certainly took sometime to come together, but once we were in the studio, everything came together incredibly quickly. It was great fun! It’s been a long time since I’ve written Lush lyrics, and I realised early on with this EP that what I wrote about then is not what I feel comfortable writing about now. My perspective, and what is close to my heart, has changed, and I think that’s conveyed in the songs.”
Bassist Phil King added:
“I know I’m biased, but I work for a music magazine and so much of the music I hear played in the office sounds non-descript or derivative. Emma has this way of writing unusual chord changes and manages to weave lovely melodies over the top, and it immediately sounds distinctive, like Lush.”
Formed in London in 1988 by childhood friends Emma Anderson and Miki Berenyi, Lush also included Chris Acland on drums and Phil King on bass (originally Steve Rippon, who left in 1991), and were widely acknowledged as one of the pioneers of a sound that was to be christened ‘shoegaze’.
Signed to 4AD in 1989, over the course of 3 full-length albums, an early mini-album and a number of EPs and singles, they went on to sharpen their pop sound, outliving and outgrowing the ‘scene’ with which they were initially associated.
4AD recently released, to much acclaim, both a vinyl reissue of Lush’s ‘best of’ compilation Ciao! and a limited edition five-disc box set titled Chorus. The box set featured their three studio albums, an early compilation and a B-sides collection plus many rarities, some previously unreleased.
1. Out Of Control
2. Lost Boy
3. Burnham Beeches
Check out Lush’s website to find out more!