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Big Big Train to release new album later this week

Big Big Train
Big Big Train

Big Big Train have made the surprise announcement that they’ll release a brand new album later this week.

They launched their 10th record Grimspound at the end of April this year to great critical acclaim – and they’ve wasted no time in setting up its follow-up, The Second Brightest Star, which is out this Friday – June 23.

The Second Brightest Star is a companion album to Folklore and Grimspound and features 40 minutes of new material which “explore landscapes, rivers and meeting places and take the listener on voyages of discovery across the world and to the stars.”

In addition, the record will come with a bonus selection of 30 minutes of music where songs from Folklore and Grimspound are presented in extended format.

Bassist Greg Spawton exclusively tells Prog: “The Second Brightest Star is the last album in a cycle of releases which started back in 2009 with The Underfall Yard album.

“Our writing over this period has focused on the English landscape, the people that work on the land and their folklore stories.

“We’ll be moving on to different landscapes and subjects with our music in future years as we play more shows outside of England. But we had a few more stories left to tell and wanted to bring them together on The Second Brightest Star.”

To mark the surprise announcement, Big Big Train have released a stream of the new album’s title track which can be found below, along with The Second Brightest Star’s cover art and tracklist.

The album is available to order from Burning Shed and The Merch Desk. It’s available in limited edition double gatefold 180g seafoam green vinyl, CD and on hi-resolution 2496 download. All vinyl copies will include a code for a complimentary hi-res download.

The Second Brightest Star will be released on Spotify and other download and streaming services at a later date in July.

Big Big Train The Second Brightest Star tracklist

  1. The Second Brightest Star
  2. Haymaking
  3. Skylon
  4. London Stone
  5. The Passing Widow
  6. The Leaden Stour
  7. Terra Australis Incognita

Grimlore

  1. Brooklands Sequence
    (i) On The Racing Line
    (ii) Brooklands
  2. London Plane Sequence
    (i) Turner On The Thames
    (ii) London Plane
  3. The Gentlemen’s Reprise

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