Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has announced new solo album I Love The New Sky which will be out May 22 via Bella Union. As opposed to 2012's Oh No I Love You and 2016's Same Language, Different Worlds, which were, respectively, collaborations with Lambchop's Kurt Wagner and Arthur Russell associate Peter Gordon, Tim wrote all the songs alone. Tim says he made the album “in Norfolk, in the middle of the countryside, with the nearest shop eight miles away. There are no distractions, and I guess that way things happen. I wrote everything on acoustic guitar, and the chords were really considered. The guitar lines would lead the melody, and the melody would inform the lyrics – just dreaming away with music.”

The first single is "Empathy For The Devil" which definitely nods towards the Rolling Stones song its title plays off of, but also The Cure's "Boys Don't Cry" and Sparks. Yet in the end, Tim really makes this one his own. You can watch the song's video, directed by AB/CD/CD, below.

Tim will be heading to the US for SXSW, and will stop in NYC to play three intimate shows as part of the 2020 New Colossus festival: Pianos on March 12 with Stealing Sheep, Tallies, The Natvral and more, Berlin on March 13 with Kiwi Jr, Ali Barter and more, and The Delancey on March 14 with Stealing Sheep, Hussy and more. He'll also be DJing the free Rough Trade party at Arlene's Grocery on March 14 which has performances by The Orielles, Petrol Girls, Honey Cut and more. New Colossus festival badges are on sale now.

He's also got UK dates this summer -- Tim's full tour schedule is below.

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I Love The New Sky tracklist:
1. Empathy For The Devil
2. Sweetheart Mercury
3. Comme D’Habitude
4. Sweet Old Sorry Me
5. Warhol Me
6. Lucky Creatures
7. The Mall
8. Timothy
9. Only Took A Year
10. I Got This
11. Undertow
12. Laurie

Tim Burgess - 2020 Tour Dates
3/12/2020 - New York, NY - Pianos
3/13/2020 - New York, NY - Berlin
3/14/2020 - New York, NY - The Delancey
3/19/2020 - Austin,TX - Palm Door
3/20/2020 - Austin,TX - Lazarus Brewing Co.
5/1/2020 - Newcastle, UK - Hit The North 'Opening Party' @ Think Tank
5/2/2020 - Leeds, UK - Live at Leeds
5/3/2020 - Liverpool, UK - Sound City
5/20/2020 - Nottingham, UK - Rough Trade
5/22/2020 - London, UK - Rough Trade East
5/24/2020 - Dartington, UK - Sea Change Festival
5/25/2020 - Bristol, UK - Rough Trade
5/27/2020 - Manchester, UK - Night & Day
6/6/2020 - Barcelona, ES - Primavera Sound
6/9/2020 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
6/10/2020 - Kendal, UK - Brewery
6/12/2020 - Glasgow, UK - King Tut's
6/14/2020 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
6/16/2020 - Cardiff, UK - Clwb Ifor Bach
6/17/2020 - Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
6/18/2020 - London, UK - Oslo
6/20/2020 - Manchester, UK - YES
7/26/2020 - North Yorkshire, UK - Deer Shed Festival

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