Richard Ashcroft unveils new single ‘Surprised By The Joy’. It’s an upbeat gem of a track with rich strings, punchy drums, jangling acoustics and featuring melodic riffs & hooks centred around Ashcroft’s legendary signature vocals.The self directed video for the track is also revealed. Richard Ashcroft is set to return with the October 19th release of his fifth solo studio album ‘Natural Rebel’. The album will be released on his own RPA label and will be his first released via BMG.
‘Natural Rebel’ represents the latest chapter in a hugely successful solo career for the former Verve frontman and Ivor Novello winner. It follows ‘Alone With Everybody’(#1,2000), ‘Human Conditions’(#3, 2002), ‘Keys to the World’(#2,2006) and ‘These People’(#3, 2016).
Featuring ten new songs, all of which were written by Ashcroft, ‘Natural Rebel’ was produced by the singer-songwriter alongside Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush) and Emre Ramazanoglu (Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker). The majority of its recording took place at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, with further sessions at The Bunker,Tiltyard Studios and Hoxa HQ.
‘Natural Rebel’ is now available to pre-order from https://RA.lnk.to/NaturalRebelPR on 180 gram vinyl, CD and cassette. A limited edition clear orange vinyl in a gatefold sleeve is available to pre-order from HMV and select independent stores. Finally, Richard Ashcroft’s official store offers exclusive bundles. The previously announced signed formats, limited edition clear blue vinyl and signed test pressings from the official store have now sold out!
Richard Ashcroft will play some sold out intimate shows this winter in support of ‘Natural Rebel’,including Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Nottingham, Manchester & London.