Having already made a huge impact on the North Eastern music scene over the last few decades, Rachel Unthank of The Unthanks and Maxïmo Park's Paul Smith have now announced their new collaborative project Unthank : Smith with news of their debut studio album.
The new full-length 'Nowhere And Everywhere' is being previewed by the two lead singles 'The Natural Urge' and 'Seven Tears', which each come accompanied by stunning new videos, and is set to be released on the 17th February.
Speaking about 'The Natural Urge', Smith said, "The Natural Urge is, ultimately, an anti-war song, but I tried to write something more atmospheric and less obvious than that might imply. The guitar riff reminded me of a folk melody, and the theme also seemed to fit with the tradition of protest."
While Unthank added about 'Seven Tears', "I have always loved the songs and ballads about selkies - a seal in the sea that takes off their sealskin and adopts human form on land. When doing some research about the selkie mythology, I read that if you cried seven tears into the sea, then your selkie lover would come back to you. I also love the Northumbrian word ‘darkening’ which means dusk; that time of night when magic happens, and the time that I once saw a bob of seals off a Northumbrian beach, which inspired me to write this song."
Check out the new videos for both tracks in the players and see the album's full tracklisting below.
'Nowhere And Everywhere' Tracklist:
The Natural Urge
O’ Mary Will You Go
What Maks Makems
Red Wine Promises