Snow Patrol return with ‘Wildness’, due May 25th, their first studio album in seven years, which finds the band searching for clarity, connection, and meaning, while staying true to the melodic songwriting prowess that brought them to prominence.
The album is produced by Jacknife Lee, Snow Patrol’s longtime producer and collaborator. Don’t Give In, the first single from the album, is an empowering song about overcoming depression. Hear the track with its accompanying visuals below.
Wildness taps into something raw and primitive, and lead-singer and songwriter Gary Lightbody says of the album: “There are many types of wildness, but I think it can be distilled into two: the wildness of the modern age, all it’s confusion, illogic and alienation and a more ancient wildness. Something primal, alive and beautiful that speaks to our true connectivity, our passion, our love, our communion with nature and each other. This is the kind of wildness the album is centered around. The loss of it. Trying to reconnect with it. To remember it.”
It’s in this search for clarity and connection that these songs were written and refined. “I think it’s the first record I’ve ever written that I haven’t just asked a bunch of questions. I actually tried to figure out why I was unhappy, why I feel out of place, why I’m afraid,” says Lightbody. “There’s nothing really to protect myself for– it’s all in the album. I want to remember.” This impulse was partially inspired by Lightbody’s father, who is suffering from dementia. “I think the album is defined by memory in a lot of ways,” says Lightbody, “including my father’s loss of memory.”
Pre-order your copy of Wildness from the official Snow Patrol store HERE to be among the first to access tickets to see Snow Patrol live at Islington Assembly Hall in London on April 11 2018.
Wildness Track Listing
01 Life On Earth
02 Don’t Give In
03 Heal Me
05 A Dark Switch
06 What If This Is All The Love You Ever Get?
07 A Youth Written In Fire
09 Wild Horses
10 Life And Death