[PIAS; August 22]
If you’ve been following Wears The Trousers for a few years now, you’ll probably be familiar with the ongoing saga of Mara Carlyle’s long-awaited second album – the sadly all-too-usual tale of a talented artist getting swept up and then spat out by major label machinery, to all intents and purposes held to ransom and left with no choice but to fight tooth and nail to reclaim their recordings. In July last year, Mara decided to give up trying to get the album released, but only weeks later her song ‘Pianni’ was picked up by furniture giant IKEA to soundtrack a major new TV ad and suddenly things weren’t nearly as bleak.
Originally titled Ancient & Modern, then Nuzzle, the record will finally see the light of day this August under the new name of Floreat, a Latin word that translates to either “let it flourish” or “let her bloom” – highly appropriate given her struggles over the past few years. Co-produced with Dan Carey (Hot Chip, The Kills, La Roux) and written and arranged entirely by Mara, the album runs the gamut of musical history in the fashion we’ve come to expect of her, from sixteenth century secular madrigals all the way to modern urban pop, via the fictitious concept of Elizabethan ska, and includes contributions from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
For super-keen fans, Floreat will be available early (July 25) from Rough Trade Shops with a four-track bonus CD featuring four live tracks recorded at St Barnabas Church in North London, including a non-album duet with Willy Mason. Pre-order it here.
01 But Now I Do…
02 Weird Girl
03 Bowlface En Provence
07 How It Felt (To Kiss You)
08 All Will Be Well
09 Away With These Self-Loving Lads
10 The Devil & Me