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Flying Dream 1

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Pitched at the tempo of a cat taking a nap in the sun, Elbow's ninth album, 2021's Flying Dream 1, is the kind of enveloping recording that works best in one long, slow afternoon listen. The album was largely written remotely while the band was isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic and then recorded live at the empty Theatre Royal in Brighton with producer Craig Potter. The result is a gorgeously rendered production that has the feeling of an intimate concert, bringing the acclaimed group's moonlit chamber pop into vibrant clarity. Once again at the center of Elbow's warm sound is vocalist and songwriter Guy Garvey, whose Mancunian tenor lilt and knack for crafting deeply literate and poetic songs draws you ever deeper into the band's nuanced jazz- and classical-influenced arrangements. Bandmates and brothers Mark and Craig Potter add deft layers of piano and guitar, while bassist Pete Turner grounds the band's sound with his deeply resonant acoustic upright basslines. Also on board are a handful of guest musicians, including drummer Alex Reeves and clarinetist/saxophonist Sarah Field, as well as backing vocalists Jesca Hoop, Wilson Atie, and Adeleye Omotayo, and London Contemporary Voices member Marit Røkeberg, all of whom add their own richly attenuated contributions to Elbow's songs. There's a sense on Flying Dream 1 that Elbow are thinking back on their past, their youth, and people they've lost, including Garvey's mother-in-law, famed actress Diana Rigg, who died in 2020. It's a sound perhaps best expressed on the symbolic and deeply metaphorical "Is It a Bird?," in which Garvey imagines the death of a loved one as something transformative. He sings, "Is it a bird?/Is it a plane?/Or is it a jettisoned beautiful warrior's soul/Blazing 'cross the sky on its way back home?" It might take some time for Flying Dream 1 to fully grab you, but when it does, the album's measured, artful introspection is hard to shake.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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1
Flying Dream 1
00:04:34

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - London Contemporary Voices, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeleye Omotayo, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilson Atie, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

2
After the Eclipse
00:04:18

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marit Røkeberg, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesca Hoop, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Adeleye Omotayo, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilson Atie, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Leake, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Crouch, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

3
Is It a Bird
00:04:12

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Field, Alto Saxophone, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Leake, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Crouch, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

4
Six Words
00:05:06

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

5
Calm and Happy
00:03:06

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Charlie Leake, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joe Crouch, Additional Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

6
Come On, Blue
00:05:19

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marit Røkeberg, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesca Hoop, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - London Contemporary Voices, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeleye Omotayo, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilson Atie, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

7
The Only Road
00:04:23

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

8
Red Sky Radio (Baby Baby Baby)
00:04:08

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Richard Swift, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Field, Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

9
The Seldom Seen Kid
00:04:13

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Field, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

10
What Am I Without You
00:05:08

Craig Potter, Producer, Mixer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Mark Potter, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Turner, Bass, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Elbow, MainArtist - Guy Garvey, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Matt Colton, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marit Røkeberg, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jesca Hoop, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Evans, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Reeves, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - London Contemporary Voices, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeleye Omotayo, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sarah Field, Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilson Atie, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Universal Music Operations Limited

Album Description

Pitched at the tempo of a cat taking a nap in the sun, Elbow's ninth album, 2021's Flying Dream 1, is the kind of enveloping recording that works best in one long, slow afternoon listen. The album was largely written remotely while the band was isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic and then recorded live at the empty Theatre Royal in Brighton with producer Craig Potter. The result is a gorgeously rendered production that has the feeling of an intimate concert, bringing the acclaimed group's moonlit chamber pop into vibrant clarity. Once again at the center of Elbow's warm sound is vocalist and songwriter Guy Garvey, whose Mancunian tenor lilt and knack for crafting deeply literate and poetic songs draws you ever deeper into the band's nuanced jazz- and classical-influenced arrangements. Bandmates and brothers Mark and Craig Potter add deft layers of piano and guitar, while bassist Pete Turner grounds the band's sound with his deeply resonant acoustic upright basslines. Also on board are a handful of guest musicians, including drummer Alex Reeves and clarinetist/saxophonist Sarah Field, as well as backing vocalists Jesca Hoop, Wilson Atie, and Adeleye Omotayo, and London Contemporary Voices member Marit Røkeberg, all of whom add their own richly attenuated contributions to Elbow's songs. There's a sense on Flying Dream 1 that Elbow are thinking back on their past, their youth, and people they've lost, including Garvey's mother-in-law, famed actress Diana Rigg, who died in 2020. It's a sound perhaps best expressed on the symbolic and deeply metaphorical "Is It a Bird?," in which Garvey imagines the death of a loved one as something transformative. He sings, "Is it a bird?/Is it a plane?/Or is it a jettisoned beautiful warrior's soul/Blazing 'cross the sky on its way back home?" It might take some time for Flying Dream 1 to fully grab you, but when it does, the album's measured, artful introspection is hard to shake.
© Matt Collar /TiVo

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