Randolph’s Leap release a new single, ‘Up In Smoke’.
Available to download or stream, it’s the first material for the eight-piece’s new label, Fika Recordings, and is taken from a forthcoming album ‘Spirit Level’, due for release in the new year.
That will be the band’s first new long player proper since ‘Worryingly Okay, from 2018, although the frontman of the octet, Adam Ross, has put out several releases since, including the lockdown “emergency album” ‘Brakes On Love‘, and several collaborative efforts with The Smart Set’s Gareth Perrie as The Polychromes.
The band also include Adam Armour-Florence, Ali Hendry, Andrew MacLellan, Fraser Gibson, Heather Fox, Pete MacDonald, and Vicki Cole, the octet last fully working together on a touring theatre show called The Isle of Love was devised around the songs of Randolph’s Leap.
Of the new single, Ross says: “The song was written over a year ago and was inspired by small, personal failures but the sentiment has become weirdly relevant and anthemic in 2020.
“Pete’s flat where we recorded the album burned down, for one thing, but there’s also the universal feeling of plans and aspirations going completely up in smoke this year. I can’t wait to sing it live – I think it could be quite a cathartic experience.”
Single and album were recorded over a period of a year in Glasgow with keyboard player Pete MacDonald engineering, mixing and producing the sessions at home, the album being sent off for mastering the night before MacDonald’s burnt down, happily with the producer (and his pet hedgehog, Frida) surviving.
Their new label – also responsible for releases by Darren Hayman, The Just Joans, Withered Hand, and Stanley Brinks and The Wave Pictures among others – will release ‘Spirit Level’ on February 21st 2021.