The Kooks’ ’10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark’ comes exclusively pressed to spaced-out picture disc featuring images of the Earth and the knowable universe, hand-numbered on a first-come-first-served basis.
After a worldwide arena tour, the release of their 2018 UK Top Ten album ‘Let’s Go Sunshine’ saw the Brighton band topping the bill at festivals across Europe and at home.
Coming off the back of a punishing tour schedule, frontman, Luke Pritchard – vowed to take a bit of a breather. But instead, found himself right back in the studio. “I started going to Berlin for three or four days at a time. I was really affected by Brexit and I wanted to make a bit of a statement by creating a European record,” he explains. “We’re a European band, we practically lived out there and have so much love for Europe, so we wanted to keep that connection.”
Despite the dual locations, there’s a distinct Berlin sensibility to ‘10 Tracks To Echo In The Dark’. Flirting with genres from 80s synth-pop to funk to prog rock, the album is still, at its core, an indie record and a Kooks one, at that.
“I really hope that sense of inner peace comes across,” says Pritchard of the album’s resoundingly optimistic outlook. “I really want to have fun with my life at this point. But also – it’s kinda a reflection of what I was feeling in real-time in a pre-and-post COVID world. I was reading a lot of sci-fi – like Philip K. Dick, Azimov and surreal stuff like Boris Vian – which is obviously really distracting from what’s going on in the world, but helped me be imaginative with the songs.”
This Blood Records exclusive edition features artwork from Pablo Carlos Budassi and comes limited to 1,000 copies
Please note that Blood Records is a pre-ordering platform and this record is due for release on July 22nd 2022. All images for illustrative purposes