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Music News of 2018

Mumford & Sons head for the "Delta"

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – Mumford & Sons announced today that the quartet will release "Delta" on Nov. 16 on Gentlemen of the Road/Glassnote Records.

"Delta," the group's fourth release, was written collectively by the band, produced by Paul Epworth and recorded at London's The Church Studios.

"Guiding Light" is the first single. The band will debut "Guiding Light" on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" this coming Monday, Sept. 24. Marcus Mumford will also join the host as a guest on the couch.

Mumford & Sons will embark on a 60-date worldwide arena tour beginning in later this year. Full tour details to be revealed Oct. 4.

The new music follows 2015's "Wilder Mind" and 2016's collaborative "Johannesburg" EP. Previous LPs include 2012's "Babel," which was awarded the 2013 Grammy for Album of the Year, and their 2009 debut, "Sigh No More."

Mumford & Sons is Ben Lovett, Marcus Mumford, Ted Dwane and Winston Marshall.

"Look Now," it's Elvis Costello

Friday, July 27, 2018 – Elvis Costello and The Imposters – Steve Nieve (keyboards), Davey Faragher (bass), Pete Thomas (drums) – will release "Look Now" on Oct. 12 on Concord Records.

Recorded in Hollywood, New York City and Vancouver, Canada, "Look Now" is the first album Costello has made with The Imposters since the 2008 release of "Momofuku" and his first new album since the acclaimed 2013 Roots collaboration, "Wise Up Ghost."

Costello had to cancel his summer tour due to being treated for cancer.

"I knew if we could make an album with the scope of ‘Imperial Bedroom' and some of the beauty and emotion of ‘Painted From Memory', we would really have something", said Costello.

Costello wrote most of the 12 songs by himself. The disc also was will be out in a 16-song deluxe version. "Don't Look Now" and "Photographs Can Lie" were co-written with Burt Bacharach, who makes a guest appearance, leading The Imposters from the piano for those two ballads.

Bacharach also contributed, "He's Given Me Things." Burnt Sugar is So Bitter" was written with Carole King.

The album was co-produced by Costello and Sebastian Krys, the Latin Grammy Producer of the Year for 2007 and 2015.

Speaking of his own role as co-producer, Costello said, "I had all of the orchestrations and vocal parts in my head or on the page before we played a note, so it was essential that I worked closely with Steve Nieve to maintain the light and space in the arrangements and allow him to shine."

Costello completed the picture by adding both guitar and his own vibraphone or celesta parts to his orchestrations but remarked, "Sebastian was there to make sure only the essential notes got onto the record, whether it was a fuzz-tone guitar or jazz bassoon."

"In the final mixing, Sebastian did a beautiful job of keeping everything present but always lead by emotion or narrative, although when balancing the band, my voice and the quartet of woodwinds and horns that I'd written for ‘Stripping Paper', I told him to "Just trust the blur."

The track listing is:
1. Under Lime
2. Don't Look Now
3. Burnt Sugar Is So Bitter
4. Stripping Paper
5. Unwanted Number
6. I Let The Sun Go Down
7. Mr. & Mrs. Hush
8. Photographs Can Lie
9. Dishonor The Stars
10. Suspect My Tears
11. Why Won't Heaven Help Me? 12. He's Given Me Things

Deluxe Special Edition Tracks:
13. Isabelle In Tears
14. Adieu Paris (L'Envie Des Étoiles)
15. The Final Mrs. Curtain
16. You Shouldn't Look At Me That Way

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