Brighton's Tall Ships announce the release of their long-awaited second album. Titled Impressions, it arrives February 10th 2017.
Impressions serves as the follow-up to the band's acclaimed debut album, 2012's Everything Touching, which saw them championed by the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK including London's Scala, and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds Festival.
The group - comprised of frontman Ric Phethean, bassist Matt Parker, drummer Jamie Bush and keyboardist Jamie Field - opted to go it alone: retreating to Field's Devon home, on the edge of Dartmoor, to adopt a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. "We recorded and engineered it all. The DIY nature of it is one of necessity, not aesthetic," says Field.
What emerged speaks for itself. Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it's a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising rock bands.
Listening to it now, what shines through is how truthful a document of strife and struggle lies behind its potent anthemia, not just for four young British musicians, but for a generation facing greater uncertainty and bigger decisions than in decades.