Alexis Taylor announces new album 'Beautiful Thing'
20th February 2018
Beautiful Thing, the forthcoming solo album from Alexis Taylor will be released on April 20th via Domino. It is a very new, very individualist and – yes – very beautiful reflection of a life that's changed immeasurably since Alexis first started out in music. This is a musician, writer and singer who has carved his own unique path through the music of the 21st century, completely avoiding getting trapped along the way in dumb oppositions of pop vs avant-garde, dancefloor vs intellect, retro vs modernist and so on. He has worked with living legends from major pop stars to free improvisors in the furthest left field, played huge arenas and tiny clubs without ever privileging one over the other, and through all of it, never stopped listening and learning. All of this accumulated experience is put to work on Beautiful Thing in pursuit of something subtle and elusive but ultimately quite profound and beautifully human.
Taylor’s fourth album also represents the first time Alexis has made a solo album with a producer, that producer being Tim Goldsworthy, co-founder of Mo Wax and DFA Recordings and member of UNKLE.
Today, Alexis is pleased to share the video for the album’s title track and the track that kick-started the recording process with Goldsworthy. With ‘Beautiful Thing’, Alexis combines experimental, clattering noises with crazed, disco lavishness and bug-eyed acid house momentum to create something giddy and glorious. The video, directed by Edwin Burdis, is a suitably compelling counterpart.
The upcoming record is a bold and confident step forward for Alexis both sonically and in terms of his songwriting abilities. It has electronic thrills, dark spaces, memories of dancefloors, heartfelt writing; it's composed, it's improvised, it's accidental, it's strange, but it's also very immediate. It is a beautiful thing itself: a moving, modern and unique sounding long-player, to get lost in on repeated deep listens.
Beautiful Thing is available to pre-order on deluxe heavyweight gatefold vinyl (with 3 bonus tracks), gatefold vinyl, CD and digital download.
1. Dreaming Another Life
2. Beautiful Thing
3. Deep Cut
4. Roll on Blank Tapes
5. Suspicious of Me
6. A Hit Song
7. Oh Baby
8. There’s Nothing To Hide
9. I Feel You
10. Out of Time
Additionally, Alexis has announced a run of tour dates in UK and Europe including London’s Omeara, where he will be playing accompanied by Susumu Mukai (aka Zongamin) on bass and Leo Taylor (Floating Points, The Invisible, Hot Chip) on drums.
Upcoming live dates
Tues 17th April – Fleece, Bristol Tickets
Wed 18th April – Ruby Lounge, Manchester Tickets
Thurs 19th April – Patterns, Brighton Tickets
Fri 20th April – Omeara, London Tickets
Tues 24th April – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam Tickets
Wed 25th April – Artheater, Cologne Tickets
Thurs 26th April – Badaboum, Paris Tickets