Blur’s Graham Coxon to release new concept album

It's influenced by John Martyn, Davey Graham and Martin Carthy

Graham Coxon has announced details of a new, 15-track solo album.

The album, called ‘The Spinning Top’ is released on May 11. Coxon says the LP, which is primarily acoustic, follows a narrative – the story of a man from birth to death.

“The album is mainly an acoustic journey although there is, of course, some explosive electric guitar action,” he explained.

“I wanted to show how exciting acoustic instruments can be, how dynamic and rich and heart-thumpingly raw they can sound at a time when acoustic music seems either too cute or too soppy. Obvious influences here are the amazing Martin Carthy, the late, great Davey Graham and the late, great John Martyn.

“There are some guests too! Robyn Hitchcock supplies some counter-attack guitar, Jas Singh plays dilruba and jori with his friends Gurjit Sembhi on taus and Jaskase Singh on esraj. Danny Thompson plays the legendary Victoria, Graham Fox gives plenty of swing on the drums and sizzle cymbals and Louis Vause tinkles the ivories.

“My friend Lucy supplies the voice of the wife and Natasha Marsh channels the voice of the Medea-like enchantress.”

A single from the album, ‘Sorrow’s Army’, is released as a single on May 18.

Another track, ‘In The Morning’, will precede that by being released on limited edition 10-inch etched vinyl on April 18 as part of Record Store Day.

Coxon recorded ‘The Spinning Top’ with Blur and Babyshambles producer Stephen Street in London last spring.

Coxon is currently on tour with Pete Doherty.

‘The Spinning Top’ will be previewed on a number of low-key shows this May, however with the guitarist touring with Blur this summer, a full Graham Coxon tour will take place in the autumn.