Johnny Borrell announces new album and plans for ‘hypnagogic mandala party’

The former Razorlight singer will release an album with his new band Zazou

Razorlight singer Johnny Borrell has announced an album with his new band Zazou, as well as details of what he’s calling a ‘hypnagogic mandala party’.

Borrell, whose 2013 solo album sold just 594 copies in its first week, will release the ‘Johnny Borrell & Zazou LP’ shortly, although a firm release date has not yet been revealed.

The frontman will also host a ‘hypnagogic mandala party’ to celebrate the release, taking place at The Waiting Room in Stoke Newington, London on April 13. Entrance fee for the gig will be in the form of mandalas, a Hindu and Buddhist symbol that represents the universe.

A press release reads: “One mandala on paper, printed, traced, drawn or otherwise, its one and the same to us. No exceptions for press/guestlist/execs/superstars etc. No mandala no entry. Individuate yourself.”

Previously, Borrell responded to the poor sales for his debut solo album ‘Borrell 1’ by saying “I would rather play to 80 people than 80,000”.

Borrell said: “It is being heard and appreciated by as many people as possible! It is! If that’s 500 people, that’s 500 people. If those are the 500 people that are open enough at this point in time to hear this record, fucking fantastic man.”

He continued: “On a personal level, I feel like I connected with songwriting again. I would rather play to 80 people who are switched on enough, and unprejudiced enough, to get what’s going on with this band right now, than to play to 80,000 people who are there because that’s the CD that’s out this year or whatever.”