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King Creosote Announces First Album in Seven Years “I DES” Due November 3rd & Shares New Track “Blue Marbled Elm Trees”

September 5, 2023
Photo credit: Calum Gordon

King Creosote announces new album I DES for November 3rd
Shares new song “Blue Marbled Elm Trees”
Upcoming live dates + instores

They say long live the king and all, but nothing’s ever set in stone. A quarter of a century since his self-inflicted coronation, and self-released debut solo album, Kenny Anderson – DIY pop voyager, ancestral seaside home restorer, squeezebox lothario, Fife for lifer, diamond miner, hijacker of hearts, and the man also known as King Creosote – has released over 100 records (at a relatively conservative guess),  collaborated with the likes of Jon HopkinsKT TunstallBeta Band’s Lone Pigeon, and had his songs covered and performed by artists including Patti Smith and Simple Minds. He’s now got a new LP, despite or perhaps because of it all. It’s called I DES and will be released on November 3rd.
And no, it hasn’t bypassed a songwriter so buoyed by playful lyricism that the title of this latest release is an easy anagram of “Dies”. But bear a couple of things in mind: 1) I DES is a reference to KC’s key collaborator this time around – multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Derek O’Neill aka Des Lawson of Blantyre (2014’s From Scotland With Love, 2016’s Astronaut Meets Appleman); and 2) HRH King Creosote has been circling his demise for the entirety of his musakal life.
“I shan’t complain,” he rejoices on the album’s most uplifting hymn “Blue Marbled Elm Trees” – a new song also shared – “I had the best time laughing with my girls / I had the best life offered up / By this blue marble or any alien world.”

The new single provides this vivid journey, immersive by the intro synth notes that emerge and resonate in the ambience. The notes grow, the harmonies join and your attention is hooked. A truly heartfelt ensemble with soul, meaning and this consuming movement. A track that compels with this overwhelming emotion that becomes the stirring foundation of this ensemble.

With a suitably beautiful video (directed by Reuben Sutherland) to match, “Blue Marbled Elm Trees” reflects on life, death, the universe, art and love. Always the big stuff with Kenny.
Elsewhere on I DES, there are the previously released songs “Susie Mullen” and “Walter de la Nightmare” as well as the 36-minute “Drone in B#”. The record’s kaleidoscopic musical terrain plots vibraphones, accordions, e-bows, samplers, ungulates, pipes, scratched records and wine glass-drones across its landscape. But there’s common ground in the wonder of the synthesiser  – not to mention Anderson’s singular voice, and his roguish, roving, ever-evolving, gorgeous songs in the key of Fife.
It’s tempting to assign KC’s rekindled love for ambient and modular kicks to sublime co-conspirator Jon Hopkins (2007’s Bombshell; 2011’s Mercury Prize-shortlisted Diamond Mine), but – more directly – it’s down to seeing Nils Frahm live in Edinburgh; to an enduring fascination with loops (“because we’re always going back”); and to a book by David Stubbs. “I started listening to drones and stuff again because I read Future Days: Krautrock and the Building of Modern Germany,” he offers.
The album was largely written between 2016 and 2020, but nothing is ever as simple as that: there’s something old (trees), something blue (also trees), something borrowed (home tapes and vocals from through the ages; lyrics from the distant past), and something new (KC quips that a potential title for this album was We All Got Synths for Christmas).

1.     It’s Sin That’s Got Its Hold Upon Us
2.     Blue Marbled Elm Trees
3.     Burial Bleak
4.     Dust
5.     Walter de la Nightmare
6.     Susie Mullen
7.     Love is a Curse
8.     Ides
9.     Please Come Back I Will Listen, I Will Behave, I Will Toe The Line
10.  Drone In B#

I DES is available to pre-order on gold-coloured DomMart & indies-exclusive vinyl, standard vinyl (on both vinyl formats, the 36-minute final track “Drone In B#” will come on a download card), limited double-disc CD (with “Drone in B#” on CD2) and digitally. Pre-order: DomMart | Digital

Upcoming live dates
Friday 3rd November – Monorail, Glasgow – solo acoustic
Saturday 4th November – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh – matinee
Saturday 4th November – Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh
Sunday 5th November – Assai, Edinburgh – solo acoustic
Monday 6th November – Assai, Dundee – solo acoustic
Wednesday 8th November – Rough Trade East, London – solo acoustic
Thursday 9th November – EartH Theatre, London
Friday 10th November – Resident, Brighton – solo acoustic

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