With delicious backing vocals from Julianne Regan of All About Eve, ‘No Return’ is a song of our times and all time, its ecological message as resonant now as it ever has been and matched with a melody to die-for.
Filmed at Shepherd’s Bush Empire and directed/edited by James Sharples (Editor, Louder than War), the accompanying video sees Le Cygne Noir both playing and attacking his piano with a sledgehammer*, emblematising the havoc wreaked around the globe by environmental destruction. Shot in stark black and white with startling splashes of colour, and featuring an intense, forewarning performance by Le Cygne Noir, this classic ballad prophesies doom until its stunning instrumental break, suggesting perhaps not all is quite lost.
The perfect calling card for ‘Shadow of a Wrecking Ball’ – Le Cygne Noir’s apocalyptic vision of future dystopia – ‘No Return’ is a life-affirming reminder that beauty can be found in the darkest of places.
* Please note: no pianos were harmed in the making of this video (and if they were, it’s not the end of the world, is it… )
With the impending apocalypse on everyone’s minds, LE CYGNE NOIR, this Friday, Le Cygne Noir will go one further as he unveils his exhilarating new zombie apocalypse concept album: ‘Shadow Of A Wrecking Ball’.
Rippling with musical innovation and instrumental expertise, ‘Shadow of A Wrecking Ball’ sees Le Cygne Noir enlist a stellar who’s who of classic rock alumni of the highest order to help bring his madcap vision into its blazingly lucid focus. With appearances from Julianne Regan (founder and lead singer of All About Eve), Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Neil Taylor (Tears for Fears, Robbie Williams), Corey Webb, (son of iconic songwriter JIMMY WEBB), Mike Kelly (The Mission), Simon Hinkler (The Mission, Pulp), Additional contributions come from the amazing Jo Nye (vocals) top session players Beth Porter and Caroline Dale (cello), Mark Gunstone (The Blunders), esteemed saxophonist Ben Waghorn, and Cal Campbell (Beck)on drums, son of country legend GLEN CAMPBELL; the record shimmers with a quality that only such experienced players can bring to the table.
Recorded at various locations across the globe, from the West Country of the UK (NAM Studios, Riverside Studios, The Chapel) to LA (Agoura Borealis Studios) to Cal Campbell’s studio in Nashville, ’Shadow Of A Wrecking Ball’ was mixed by Evansson (Siouxsie Sioux, Robert Plant) and Grammy nominated producer Tom Dalgety (Royal Blood, The Pixies, Ghost) and finally mastered by James Bacon at Piano Recordings (Sheffield). All songs were written by Le Cygne Noir except ‘After All is Said’ Written By Le Cygne Noir and Wayne Hussey. The album artwork was designed by Andy Luckhurst, with its featured portrait photo of Le Cygne Noir provided by none-other than celebrated portrait and fashion photographer Rankin.
Spewing forth his paranoid delusions of the planet’s imminent destruction to a soundtrack of electrifying synth-skewered prog rock, ’Shadow of a Wrecking Ball’ is a wildly ambitious debut from an enigmatic and essential new solo artist.
‘SHADOW OF A WRECKING BALL’ BY LE CYGNE NOIR
– OUT FRIDAY 13th SEPTEMBER, 2019
VIA CHERRY RED // ANGER MANAGEMENT RECORDS
Available for pre order now from all good retailers on Vinyl, CD download and Streaming.