Just Announced: David Gray brings his first album in five years to The Met

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David Gray | courtesy of the artist

David Gray has announced his first album in nearly five years; called Gold In A Brass Age, it’s out March 8. After the album’s release, the English singer-songwriter will head out on a lengthy European and North American tour that finds him at Philly’s new Metropolitan Opera House on May 31.

Gold In A Brass Age‘s lead single “The Sapling” is out now; listen below. Gray shared a short press statement about his approach to writing the new album:

“With this album, my default position was to do everything differently. I didn’t think ‘this would be a good hook’ or ‘these lyrics could work for a chorus’. I was keen to get away from narrative. Instead of writing melodies, I looked for phrases with a natural cadence, so that the rhythm began with the words. I reimagined where a song might spring from and what form it could take.”

David Gray’s last studio album was 2014’s Mutineers, and we last saw him in town on his co-headlining tour with Alison Krauss last year.

Tickets for The Met show go on sale next Friday, Nov. 9. Find more information on the XPN Concert Calendar.

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