It’s the ten-track version of a work that was launched at the end of last year to supporters of his most recent Pledge campaign. Albion was recorded with the six-piece band he’s had on the road since 2012: Victoria Liedtke of his pop-rock duo Hey! Hello!, Dean ‘Denzel’ Pearson, Rich Jones, Chris Catalyst, Random Jon Poole and Bryan Scary.
The record was entitled Practical Musician for a time, but Ginger reported in October: “I got the mix for possible album opener Cambria, and one thought entered my buzzing head: ‘Practical Musician‘ is way too light and jaunty an album title to house a track that sounds like My Bloody Valentine by way of Mutation, as played by the punk-hearted offspring of the E Street Band.
“I listened to the song again, this time imagining that the album retained its original working title of Albion, and the difference in aural perception was startling.”
He says of the material: “The new stuff is insane – the most challenging thing I’ve ever recorded. I can’t wait to see you all respond to the broad sonic brushstrokes that place highly inappropriate colours next to others, designed to signify some kind of ‘last word’ in songwriting bravado and arrangement chops.
“This album sees the most dense stoner/shoegaze/90s indie noise rubbing shoulders with arena-rock sized musical interplay and harmony-laden melody, the likes of which I have never dared try before.
“It’s also, I imagine, the last time I will make an album like this, at least for a very long time. What else could I say? How much higher could I build? It’s all here.”
It’s still possible to purchase the original extended version of Albion via Ginger’s Pledge page, listed under the album’s previous title.
He’s hitting the road again in April with The Wildhearts:
Apr 08: Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall
Apr 09: Bristol O2 Academy
Apr 10: Manchester Academy
Apr 12: Nottingham Nottingham Rock City
Apr 13: Newcastle O2 Academy
Apr 14: Glasgow O2 ABC
Apr 16: Cambridge The Junction
Apr 17: London Electric Ballroom
03. Grow A Pair
04. Burn This City Down
05. The Order Of The Dog
06. Body Parts
07. The Beat Goes On (Caledonia)
08. After All You Said About Cowboys