Iconic British band Suede announces their eighth studio album The Blue Hour will be released on 21 September.

Produced and mixed by Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, Foals, The Killers), The Blue Hour is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed 2016 LP, Night Thoughts, which was accompanied by a film directed by Roger Sargent.

The Blue Hour is an expansive, ambitious work which, like Night Thoughts, was written as a continuous piece, although there are fourteen distinct, thematically linked songs on the record. 

The album sees Suede continue to explore new ground sonically and features a choir and spoken word, as well as string arrangements from the band’s Neil Codling and one from Craig Armstrong on ‘The Invisibles’. The stirring presence of the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the album’s most significant touches.

Watch a trailer for Suede’s THE BLUE HOUR

The record is also complemented by some of the subject matter of Brett Anderson’s recent memoir Coal Black Mornings.

Talking about the context of the record the band explain: “The Blue Hour is the time of day when the light is fading and night is closing in. The songs hint at a narrative but never quite reveal it and never quite explain. But as with any Suede album, it’s always about the songwriting. The band, the passion and the noise: The Blue Hour”.

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