Alongside the singles Midnight, Honeydripper and Clanky Love, The Deluxe Edition of ‘The Ashen Tang’ will feature three new songs, Love’s a Lonely Town, Ophelia and Don’t Wanna Lose You. ‘Love’s a Lonely Town’ was written in what Royce de-scribes as a ‘really grimey, super lonely period of isolation living in a recording studio in Brighton’. Recorded during the same sessions as previous single ‘Honeydripper’, it features similar squelchy, gloopy sound textures, but is the opposite side of the coin – the heartbroken, melancholic relation to ‘Honeydripper’s’ molten lust. ‘Ophelia’ (available as an instant grat track with pre-orders of the album) is both deeply personal and epic in ambition- it’s major chord structure and frag-mented, rave influenced keyboards belying a song that is both beautiful and fractured, bringing Royce’ love of songsmith Rufus Wainwright and Radiohead to the fore. The three new tracks on the Deluxe Edition are completed by ‘Don’t Wanna Lose You’, a cover of Grand Central Records’ underground classic of the same name by Toni D and Veba.
Released on 29th Jan on LP, CD and digital.