Damian Lazarus and his band of brothers, The Ancient Moons are all geared up to release their new album, Heart of Sky on July 20th via Crosstown Rebels/BMG.
Their latest gem is a follow up to their 2015 extraordinary release, Message From The Other Side. It’s been dubbed a “psychedelic masterpiece” by Vice and received rave reviews from various music enthusiasts.
Since that monumental album release, The Ancient Moons have travelled the world with their highly immersive live show, supported Roisin Murphy on tour and have played at large festivals like Glastonbury.
Their latests effort was recorded in Lazarus’ custom-built studio, Monastic Studios overlooking the Mugello mountains, deep in the heart of Tuscany. Heart of Sky combines Lazarus’ cosmic world influences with his love for ‘80s soul/funk.
“The world influence is still there but it’s subtler. I’ve been digging in crates, searching for interesting, weird music in Middle Eastern record fairs. These inspirations appear throughout the new record, but after touring I knew I wanted to write the next record with the band, utilising the power of a soulful vocalist at the front,” he said.
“My background is very much in soul music. I started buying records when I was 12, listening to pirate radio stations in London, going to soul all-dayers, jazz-funk, rare groove, I spent every penny on records with strong vocals and hooky choruses. On the new album, I thought maybe there was a way to connect that heart and soul to a positive, trippy, psychedelic sound,” he continued.
Fans have already gotten the first taste of the new album with last summer’s club hit, “I Found You”. In celebration of their upcoming release Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons will be streaming the latest single from the album “Fly Away”. Lazarus describes it as “a cosmic love story” and the track has been given the remix treatment from Swedish DJ Jonas Rathsman and the legendary Dennis Ferrer. The remix package will be released on June 22nd.
Watch Damian Lazarus give the lowdown on Heart of Sky below. You can pre-order the album here.