Bluetones take a trip to a New Athens

A New Athens

BLUETONES 'A New Athens' [Release Date 24/05/2010]

'A New Athens' marks
the first new Bluetones release since their critically acclaimed eponymous album
in the autumn of 2006. The band have been busy in the intervening period, having
successfully toured their platinum selling 'Expecting To Fly' album in late
2008/early 2009 to sell-out audiences as well as releasing solo records and
collaborating on other musical ventures, including composing the music for David
Walliams' debut children's audiobook 'The Boy In The Dress' and it's follow up
'Mr. Stink'.

'A New Athens' is
The Bluetones 6th studio album and was produced by Gordon Mills. It features
guest appearances from Imogen Andrews, ex-Mohair keyboard whizzkid Alex Richards
and, perhaps more surprising, television actor Matt Berry (The IT Crowd,
Snuffbox, The Mighty Boosh) who provides backing vocals and enthusiastic
handclaps on two of the records 11 tracks.

The record itself,
though filled to the brim with the band's trademark ear for melody and
left-field sounding harmonies, does mark something of a sonic departure. As a
whole, the album is perhaps darker sounding than anything they have released
before, yet at the same time there is a definite air of playfulness within the
tracks. As if the band are more comfortable with themselves and their craft than
they have been before.

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