After the glowing support for their highly-praised EPs 'Redevelopment' and 'In A Middle English Town' in recent years, Home Counties have now announced their plans for their debut studio album, arriving next year.
The new full-length 'Exactly As It Seems' will include the previously shared effort 'Bethnal Green', is being previewed by the new lead single 'Wild Guess', and is set to be released on the 3rd May via Submarine Cat Records.
Speaking about the new offering, the band's Will Harrison said, "Wild Guess is the oldest song but latest addition to the new album. It voices a variety of concerns: day-to-day financial worries, fear of social isolation in old age, even a looming future of ecological collapse. It was written as part of an experimental side project which saw never the light of day - and in its original form was like a deranged version of the Wii Sports loading screen, hosting a detuned Ed Miliband speech in replace of the vocals.
"We revisited the song many times over the years but it never felt quite Home Counties. Over the last year however, as our sound was shifting we gave it one last go. It was an exercise in restraint, holding ourselves back to allow the song to breathe. That said, we couldn’t resist retaining some of the original chaos of the original demo, sticking in a drum and bass inspired drop at the end. In that way, the song sets the new parameters of where Home Counties is at the moment..."
Watch the new video for 'Wild Guess' in the player and see the album's full tracklisting below.
'Exactly As It Seems' Tracklist:
Funk U Up
Push Comes To Shove
You Break It, You Bought It
Exactly As It Seems