Richard Ashcroft returns with new single and announces new album

Brit and Ivor Novello award-winning and Grammy nominated artist Richard Ashcroft has announced details for his fourth solo album These People.

The former The Verve frontman’s album will be released on May 20th on his new Righteous Phonographic Association label (via Cooking Vinyl). Listen to the first single This Is How It Feels here.

These People was produced by longtime collaborator Chris Potter, as well as marking a reunion with Wil Malone, who worked with Richard on the string arrangements on the seminal albums by The Verve A Northern Soul (1995), Urban Hymns (1997), and his platinum-selling and critically acclaimed debut solo album Alone with Everybody (2000).

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Today Liam Gallagher tweeted about the track:

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Ashcroft told NME: “Over the period I wrote this we’ve lived through incredible times. Highly contentious wars were going into the pot. There were grassroots movements that were then turning into semi-revolutions, there was Tahrir Square. There was everything kicking off all over the globe, people being divided. Pepper spray everywhere, tear gas… We’re in a very nihilistic age, we’re in death-ridden, world war times and I like to reflect the society we’re in but I also wanna possibly project something that gives us a sense of hope.”

He credited last year’s trio of acoustic shows in Mexico, Zurich and Bilbao for helping him realise “my lane in the chaos becomes clearer – to be a modern day troubadour”.

A few words from Richard on the album:

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Agent contact: Rod MacSween