Luminescence track listing:
- Dear Life
- Lie Flat
- So Simple
- Never Ending Light
- Day Of All Days
- Nestle In
- Instant Flash of Light
- Stranded Here
- Read to Me
- Find Peace
BRUCE SOORD'S NEW SOLO ALBUM ‘LUMINESCENCE’ IS OUT NOW
Multi-instrumentalist, producer and The Pineapple Thief mastermind Bruce Soord released his new album Luminescence in September. The album is his third solo offering and is supported by a very rare European solo tour in Europe and UK in September.
Inspired by the idea of finding inner peace, Soord’s latest solo release explores the difficulty of living in the metropolis of the modern world. Born from days exploring various cities whilst on tour, tracks from the album feature recordings from Soord’s various wanderings captured on his field recorder.
With acoustic guitar at the centre of the album, tracks such as ‘Lie Flat’ appear simple on the surface yet reveal Soord’s unmistakable intricacies throughout. There’s a variety of styles within though. The album’s single ‘Dear Life’ effortlessly encapsulates Soord’s unique sense of poised melancholy, while ‘Nestle In’ flirts with electronica. ‘Olomouc’s rousing strings work against the acoustic backdrop of Soord’s guitar to paint a vivid picture of the stillness that the record describes.
Regarding the single Soord had the following to say: “Dear Life, which opens the record, doesn’t need much explaining. ‘Don’t wish that it will all be over, in the sweetest blink of an eye’. We are always told to not let life pass us by, but it’s easier said than done. And before you know it, it’s done! As my life in particular starts to age, it was an easy subject to relate to. It’s actually sung from the perspective of an elderly parent, on their death bed, to their child.”
Alongside the announcement of the new album, first single ‘Dear Life’ has been released with a beautifully shot video. Directed and filmed by Jeremy George and produced by Blacktide Productions (www.blacktideproductions.co.uk) the video aims to capture the essence of stillness and peace that is found in the beauty of the every day.
Recorded between January 2021 and June of 2023, the album was cut at Soord Studios with additional strings recorded at RAK Studio 3 in London, featuring arrangements from Andrew Skeet, long time member of The Divine Comedy and musical producer of the orchestration on many films/tv shows from Netflix’s smash hit Black Mirror to David Attenborough’s Green Planet and Dynasties II.
The album is available as a limited edition deluxe 3-disc hardback book version that contains two CD’s and a DVD. The second disc contains an entire bonus album ‘Our Ship Sails At Dusk’, featuring material from the writing sessions over the period of Luminescence. The DVD features everything in hi-resolution stereo and DTS 5.1'
In support of the new album Bruce Soord will be heading out on select dates later this year for a very rare solo tour throughout the EU / UK.
Bruce Soord Luminescence Tour Dates:
- 29.9 Helmond NL - De Cacao Fabriek
- 30.9 Paris FR - Cafe de la Danse
- 2.10 Madrid ES - Moby Dick
- 3.10 Barcelona ES - Wolf
- 5.10 Bologna IT - Locomotiv Club
- 6.10 Milan IT - Arci Bellezza
- 8.10 Rome IT - Auditorium Parco della Musica
- 11.10 Aschaffenburg DE - Colos Saal
- 12:10 Cologne DE - Club Volta
- 14.10 London GB - Nell's
All This Will Be Yours
Bruce Soord, the multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and frontman for internationally renowned experimental rock outfit The Pineapple Thief, has confirmed the release of his second solo album.
Taking elements from the recent musical developments with The Pineapple Thief, as well as an ambition to experiment with his own sound, All This Will Be Yours is an album of acoustic and personal vision from Bruce Soord. Described by Soord as an observational record, it is inspired by the joy felt by the birth of his third child juxtaposed by the local deprivation in his hometown.
Bruce explains “Emotionally it was a pretty unique & eventful time, my wife was due to have our 3rd child at any time but she managed to come to see the final date of the TPT tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire, after the show that night we returned home to Yeovil and the next day our baby girl arrived. So, we had this new life in our lives and it introduced a very different perspective on the world around me. I was totally inspired and started writing almost immediately.”
He continues “You’d like to think that something as simple as having a child shouldn’t impact on how you view things, but even the sight of a serene, sleeping baby in my studio while I was writing and recording, impacted on how I was inspired to write. I was still observing. Taking walks in my hometown, witnessing the deprivation, the ‘incarcerated souls’ shuffling to my local drug den ‘number 158’, the screaming children on their commute to school. And the incessant sounds of sirens. I would take a mobile recorder out with me and some of these sounds made it onto the record. The kids, an old man walking along the street singing outside my house (‘Our Gravest Threat Apart’). And the sirens. The sirens appear throughout the record.”
The sound of All This Will Be Yours features modern production elements, as well as acoustic guitars delicately layered with samples. Ever present are Soord's familiar vocals, which deliver an emotive and accessible view into his contrasting feelings when writing about austerity whilst his newborn dozed in the studio. The audio has been recorded as two continuous linear pieces to replicate the pleasure of listening to an album on vinyl and was mastered by fellow The Pineapple Thief member Steve Kitch.
All This Will Be Yours will be released on CD, LP, digitally and as a deluxe hardback book 3 disc edition featuring the album on CD, with an extra CD of acoustic re-workings and bonus studio tracks plus a DVD with All This Will Be Yours as a Hi-res 24/88 WAV stereo album, Hi res 24/88 WAV acoustic album and Hi res 24/88 WAV bonus studio tracks, all of which will also be available in 24/88 DTS 5.1 surround.