Get a taster of the new record with Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds (ft Frank Turner).
A new year always brings new beginnings, and for fans of Johnny Lloyd, the rumoured re-emergence of this treasured songwriter has been a long time coming. Opening a confident new chapter in his career, the former Tribes frontman will return in 2019 to release a stately new solo album: Next Episode Starts In 15 Seconds, out 3 May 2019, via Xtra Mile Recordings.
The announcement today is coupled with an exclusive first glimpse of the new material on the horizon, the title-track which also features backing vocals from longtime friend and label-mate Frank Turner.
Pared-back of sound and pure of lyric, the delicately spindled and chiming melodies of Next Episode… find Johnny making a considerable leap forward into lush and dreamy pastures new. After a 2-year period in which Johnny found himself busily scoring music for various high-profile projects for the silver screen (including the celebrated Rolling Stones Film The Quiet One), Next Episode… materialised somewhat out of the blue as the first music he had penned for himself in sometime, but would prove to be the first ripple in a wave of new material that would form his forthcoming solo album.
Very much indicative of his newfound direction and a bold departure from his indie-rock roots, Next Episode… sees Johnny’s sound metamorphosing to find kindred spirits with the likes of Nick Drake or Sparklehorse, channeling that hushed, alternative-folk sound that is so eternally enchanting.
Speaking about writing the song, Johnny reveals: “[Next Episode…] was the first song I wrote for the album and it just landed out of nowhere. It marked a real turning point. It’s all about trying to enjoy the moment and not succumb to this modern idea of constant success. Everyone is different and that’s what makes life interesting, you don’t have to be anything or anybody you don’t want to be. It’s about trying to live in the moment.”
With the debut album set for release on 3rd May 2019, and tours in the pipeline for the UK, Europe and further afield, Johnny Lloyd is back with a renewed sense of direction and a steadfast attitude that is echoed throughout this assured new album.
Johnny headlines the Omeara in London on 15 February 2019 as part of War Child’s BRITSWeek events together with Frank Turner (DJ set), Brand New Friend and She Makes War for Xtra Mile 16th Anniversary. Also confirmed for Lost Evenings III in Boston in May, and 2000 Trees Festival in July.