Critically acclaimed British songwriter and singer Ed Harcourt will release his sixth studio album Back Into the Woods on February 25 via CCCLX Music in the U.K. The new project was recorded during a six hour session at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London. In addition to his own solo work, Harcourt has been a "go to" collaborative songwriter over the past few years, working with artists ranging from Kristina Train, Paloma Faith and Lisa Marie Presley. New song "The Man That Time Forgot" is available for streaming and free download:
Ed Harcourt - "The Man That Time Forgot" (from Back Into the Woods)
From the press release: At times, the new album feels like the moment when this charming and cherished writer of quintessentially British songs, finally finds the shoes that fit his feet. “I’ve certainly learnt a lot about love, lust and loss since my last record,” proffers Harcourt, “being woken up by children at 6am and then turning up at my studio to ‘work’ and write songs with people like Lisa-Marie Presley and Paloma [Faith], has forced me to experiment and explore, and elevate my own songs. Everyday I venture to far off and far out places, only to come back home and discover more about the man I really am.”
Rumours that the dapper gent who spent thousands of pounds sinking a piano in the name of album cover art, and who penned the fizzy-pop of ‘Born In the 70s’ and ‘Shanghai’ has mellowed, are greatly exaggerated. “Back Into the Woods is more like a restoration project, where you find all this incredible wallpaper lurking behind the wood panelling. I don’t know what’s changed, if anything, but maybe I’ve just given up panning for another fool’s gold. All I know is that I’m happy I’m not digging graves for a living...”
Aside from collaborating and writing 100s of songs with everyone from Ren Harvieu to Josh T. Pearson, Ed’s extra-curricular activities since 2010’s Lustre have included scoring songs for For No Good Reason a documentary about Ralph Steadman, as well as the follow-up to Donnie Darko, S.Darko. He’s also rather proud of a set of shelves that still haven’t fallen down.