Martin Carr is set to release new album 'New Shapes Of Life' on October 27th.
The former Boo Radleys artist released previous album 'The Breaks' a few years back now, an intriguing document that dealt with the songwriter's increased feeling of isolation from the world around him.
Spending time working – unsuccessfully, he adds – on pop projects for other acts, the death of David Bowie left an enormous impact on Martin Carr.
Sparking a period of re-analysis, he emerged stronger and definitely reinvigorated. He explains: "I was wasting my time scrabbling around in the dirt for pennies, making myself more and more miserable. I reflected on how many years I'd wasted chasing smoke and mirrors, living the life of an artist but neglecting the art."
"I ditched everything else I was working on and decided to write a new album rather than waiting until I had a few songs. I started completely from scratch, writing and recording, often at the same time, in my home studio in Cardiff. I was looking for a sound and a voice to call my own. That was the starting point. The theme was to be myself, to attempt to discover what made me tick, to work out why I behaved the way I did. I wanted to go deeper and find more room in the depths."
New album 'New Shapes Of Life' is the result. Out on October 27th, it's a vital, probing, searching return, one that pushes the songwriter to the outermost limits of his capabilities.
New song 'Future Reflections' is a wonderful example of his artistry, the gentle piano notes lingering against the soothing vocal.
Tune in now.