Martin Creed – New Album ‘Thoughts Lined Up’ Out 8th July – New Track ‘Let’s Come To An Arrangement’ Shared – Live at Moth Club 13th July

April 20, 2016







Martin Creed will release his new album ‘Thoughts Lined Up’ through Telephone Records on 8th July. Recorded at ArtSpace, Brixton and mixed by Liam Watson at Toe Rag Studios, the album will be available on LP, Limited Edition LP, CD and as a download. Featuring 24 tracks, but weighing in at a lean 43 mins, Creed has unveiled the first track from ‘Thoughts Lined Up’.
A brisk, passionate treatise on love, music and, as Creed says, “living together without killing things” ‘Let’s Come To An Arrangement’ can be heard here:

Martin Creed and his band have also confirmed the following live appearances:

Sat 23rd April – Rock For Nepal II 2016 – The Windmill Brixton, London
Sun 26th June – Avalon Cafe Stage – Glastonbury Festival
Weds 13th July – The Moth Club, London

Wakefield-born and Glasgow-raised, Creed is known as the self-effacing, playfully provocative artist and 2001 Turner Prize-Winner (for the infamous Work no. 227: the lights going on and off). His pre-eminence in contemporary British art was confirmed by the Hayward Gallery’s expansive 2014 Creed retrospective/takeover show, What’s the point of it? But that’s only part of the man’s protean CV. Indeed, he has maintained a complementary commitment to composing, songwriting and performing since the early ’90s, fronting bands of his own devising, releasing an impressive catalogue of singles, EPs and albums and consistently garnering plaudits from gnarled music critics and stellar musicians alike (members of Franz Ferdinand most vocally).

Creed’s visual art has often embraced sonic elements, such as the 1998 installation Work No. 189: thirty-nine metronomes beating time, one at every speed and 2009’s Work No. 1020 — a ballet, no less. Music, he believes, is a medium that offers something that art alone does not. As a glance at the biographies of John Lennon, Syd Barrett, Pete Townshend, Brian Eno, David Byrne et al will confirm, groundbreaking pop musicians have for decades cut their creative teeth in the world of visual art. “I got into the music because the visual work wasn’t enough… you hear things as well as see them… I like that you can make music in your head and carry it around with you. You’re freer. You’re not tied down by the burden of physical objects.”

‘Thoughts Lined Up’ track listing:

1. I’m Going To Do Something Soon
2. Princess Taxi Girl
3. Understanding
4. If It’s Not One Thing It’s The Other
5. Everybody Needs Someone To Hate
6. (You Put Your) Hand In My Hand
7. Difficult Thoughts
8. Where Are You Gonna Be?
9. Prisoner Of Rhythm
10. What Is It?
11. Do You Know What I Mean?
12. Let’s Come To An Arrangement
13. Can’t Say No
14. Border Control
15. Prayer
16. Let Them In
17. I Woke Up
18. It’s You
19. I Found Lost
20. Text Me
21. One, Two, Three
22. Massive Boat
23. Down In The Sky
24. The Direction Of Love

Creed’s performing and recording career began several years before his art-star status arrived. He wrote the material, sang and played guitar in the band Owada, who released their album, Nothing, on composer David Cunningham’s Piano label in 1997. Its 23 brief, dada-minimalist songs setting the urgent, focused tone of Creed’s music. Sporadic, limited edition Martin Creed releases, often at least tangentially tied to art shows, would appear over the next decade until, in 2011, he started a label, Telephone Records, releasing a brace of singles, before, in May 2012, Moshi Moshi stepped in for the splenetic art-punk double-A-side ‘Fuck Off’ and ‘Die’, and, soon afterwards, an album, Love To You, produced by Creed, David Cunningham and The Nice Nice Boys (aka Andrew Knowles of Johnny Marr & The Healers and Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand). Telephone was re-engaged in January 2014 to release Creed’s Mind Trap, an album of songs and three instrumental works for orchestra.

Creed’s new long player, ‘Thoughts Lined Up’, was recorded to 1-inch tape in a small studio in Brixton in one week just before Christmas 2015, and mixed with sonic impresario Liam Watson, in glorious mono, on the ex-Abbey Road EMI desk at Hackney’s legendary, analogue-only ToeRag Studios. “I didn’t want to overblow the songs or try to big them up,” Creed explains. It’s an album whose 24 succinct tracks marry some established Martin Creed tropes (spiky, garage-punk guitars, classical percussionist Serge Vuille’s by turns primitive and polyrhythmic drums, beguilingly nursery rhyme-like vocal melodies, lyrics as playful, haiku-like linguistic games, or repeated axiomatic, existential statements…) to a less familiar, far daintier sonic palette. Imagine Billy Connolly, Ian Dury, Mark E. Smith and Daniel Johnston writing songs that are then played by The Mekons, Willie Nelson and Virginia Astley’s Ravishing Beauties, together, and you’re at least in the vague vicinity of ‘’Thoughts Lined Up’s very particular ballpark.

“It’s called ‘Thoughts Lined Up’ because that is literally what it is, just all these bits – these thoughts – put in a row one after the other, trying not to worry about what they add up to. Most of it started as audio notes recorded on the Tube or in the street – just little everyday mantras that you say to yourself as you go along; things that come up in your head, and that help keep you going, or that sometimes you want to go away…” It’s this kind of unconventional spirit and friendly, mischievous iconoclasm that mark out much of Creed’s work. On ‘Thoughts Lined Up’, such concerns arrive borne along on the kind of earworm melodies that bore away long after the record has been put away. This makes for work that is as accessible as it is challenging – further testament to an ingenious individual for whom art, of whatever stripe, is a vehicle for the unswerving evocation of what it is to be alive. Indeed, if, as Walter Pater’s infamous epithet has it, “All art constantly aspires to the condition of music”, then Martin Creed might just be its living, breathing, freely thinking embodiment.

Forthcoming shows:

Martin Creed, ‘What You Find’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, UK

22 May – 11 September 2016

Opening: Saturday 21 May 2016, 4 – 7 PM

Featuring a public performance by Martin Creed and his Band at 6 PM

Martin Creed, ‘The Back Door’, Park Avenue Armory, New York, USA

8 June – 7 August 2016

Featuring Martin Creed in concert 8 – 11 June

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