I remember just how much The Narrow’s ‘Lonely-Lonely’ made an impact on my life a decade ago. It was a constant on the Doors nightclub playlist and a song the audience would continuously flip out to. The group was one of the most exciting acts in the underground rock scene and fans will be happy to know that they’re ending their hiatus and will be releasing their brand new album ‘Dream Of Perelandra’ on the 15th of September 2017!
The upcoming album is set to be the band’s fourth overall and first album since 2010’s ‘You Don’t Get To Quit’. The album’s sound, according to frontman Hanu De Jong, is an evolution of the classic, familiar style that burst them onto the scene to begin with. “It took some time,” he adds, “But we now know what works – what we do best. Expect to hear some signature sounds and haunting melodies. Bigger songs; slower and layered.” The album’s cryptic title, “Dream of Perelandra” is a nod to author CS Lewis, who describes Perelandra as “a kind of “Eden 2.0”. “A place where things are simpler,” explains Hanu. “Where you can experience things for the first time again.”
The album wasn’t without it’s challenges. While the band is based in South Africa, Hanu, is based in New Zealand. However, the band found a way to make it work. Members upload and share their ideas via Dropbox, then work on them independently. By the time the band comes together to jam them out, the songs have evolved and taken on lives of their own.
The Narrow promises an exciting, raw and authentic sound on the new album – one their fans will undoubtedly enjoy. “This time we took the music to the studio very unfinished,” Hanu explains. “The idea was to just jam them out freely and record everything, live in studio. We took the best takes, refined the melodies, added some production elements, then sent them to LA for mixing.” The band is expected to release the lead single off the record soon.
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