Jack Cooper, of Ultimate Painting and Mazes, will release his first solo album, titled Sandgrown, on August 25 via Trouble in Mind. He made the record on his own using a 4-track portastudio, inspired by his hometown of Blackpool and his upbringing on England’s Fylde Coast. Blackpool was once a thriving seaside holiday town ("Las Vegas of the North") which became more of a ghost town when cheap air fares to Europe had people traveling out of the UK, but Jack says don't get too caught up in the specifics. "Everyone’s from somewhere. I don’t think it’s particularly important people know this album is about Blackpool, but I think everyone can empathize with the themes on the record.” The album's opening cut, "North of Anywhere," sets the tone -- lazy, soft, and set to a waltz time. It's rather lovely and you can stream it below.

Preorders of Sandgrown are available now. Check out cover art (by Parquet Courts' Andrew Savage) and tracklist below. Jack's got a solo UK tour coming up, and those dates are listed below.


Jack Cooper - Sandgrown tracklist
1. North of Anywhere
2. Gynn Square
3. Stranded Fleetwood Blues
4. A Net
5. Sandgrown Part 1
6. On A Pier In The Wind
7. Estuary
8. Sandgrown Part 2
9. Memphis, Lancashire

Jack Cooper - 2017 Tour Dates
Sunday 10th September - The Hope and Ruin, Brighton
Monday 11th September - BBC 6 Music Session
Tuesday 12th September - The Waiting Room, London
Wednesday 13th September - Cafe Kino, Bristol
Thursday 14th September - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Friday 15th September - The Eagle Inn, Salford
Saturday 16th September - venue TBC, Blackpool
Sunday 17th September - The Old Hairdresser's, Glasgow

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