Frank Turner announces ‘No Man’s Land’, his eighth studio album, with single ‘Sister Rosetta’ & accompanying podcast5 July 2019
Frank Turner has announced details of his forthcoming eighth studio LP ‘NO MAN’S LAND’ via Xtra Mile Recordings/Polydor Records. The album – out August 16 – is dedicated to telling the fascinating stories of women throughout history, whose incredible lives have been overlooked in the history books by dint of their gender. Turner works alongside Producer of the Year 2018 Catherine Marks, featuring an all-star line-up of female musicians across the 13 tracks. The album currently sits at no. 2 in the Apple Pre-order charts.
The women featured span thousands of years from all corners of the globe, from Byzantine princesses, Egyptian feminist activists and a jazz-obsessed heiress who fought for the Free French, to the darker stories of a Deep South serial killer and a Camden coach-house landlady accused of witchcraft. These are but a few fascinating women who feature that have long been ignored by the mainstream.
“It’s bringing together my two main interests in life, which have always been separate from each other – history and songwriting,” explains Turner, who takes a break from packing out arenas by seeking out long-forgotten historical sites on self-guided psycho-geographical strolls.
The album release leads with ‘Sister Rosetta’ out now – a dedication to the unparalleled Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a guitar hero of her time and one of the most important and influential musicians in American History.
Accompanying the album is a podcast of the same name – currently no. 2 in the Apple Podcast chart – in which Frank, with the help of historians, delves further into the stories of each woman on the album. Produced in collaboration with Somethin’ Else, each episode ties up with an acoustic session of the song in question by Frank himself. “I’m not someone who believes in the supernatural, but there’s definitely an imprint when you’re at the place that was important to them,” says Turner. “It feels like a nice honouring, and a way to say ‘hey, we’re still thinking about you’.”
1. Jinny Bingham’s Ghost
2. Sister Rosetta
3. I Believed You, William Blake
5. A Perfect Wife
6. Silent Key
7. Eye of the Day
8. The Death of Dora Hand
9. The Graveyard of the Outcast Dead
10. The Lioness
11. The Hymn of Kassiani
12. Rescue Annie
13. Rosemary Jane
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