‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ is Lighthouse Family’s fourth album, and sees them again on their authentic label Polydor and reunited with Colin Barlow, the A&R that discovered them, and their initially manager, Keith Armstrong the very same group that was around them when they had been at their FM Radio-dominating peak. The duo will abide by the album’s release with a British isles tour later this yr, culminating at the iconic London Palladium on November 22nd.
Tunde Baiyewu and Paul Tucker shaped Lighthouse Spouse and children following assembly at Newcastle College in the early 1990s. Their 1995 debut album ‘Ocean Drive’ was a gradual-burning accomplishment, heading six periods platinum when staying in the album charts for practically 3 yrs. ‘Lifted’ became a person the defining tunes of the period, a pop-soul vintage that was inescapable on radio, starting to be the soundtrack of superior avenue Britain, drivetime Britain and evening-out Britain.
The 1997 abide by-up, ‘Postcards From Heaven’, showcased 3 Top rated 10 singles – ‘Raincloud’, ‘High’ and ‘Lost in Space’ – and also went six-periods platinum, charting throughout Europe, the Significantly East, Australia and New Zealand. Their third album, ‘Whatever Gets You Through The Day’ (2001) generated an additional Prime Ten single in the form of ‘(I Want I Knew How It Would Truly feel to Be) Cost-free/One’, but by this time the band had been at breaking point, their friendship burnt out just after decades on the street dwelling in each and every others’ pockets. And both equally of them were being heartbroken by grief. Paul misplaced his father, and he sought solace in the rock’n’roll lifestyle. Though Tunde experienced lost his mom, a situation complex by the reality that his stepfather, Olusegun Obasanjo, was at the time was the President of Nigeria. Minor speculate the duo badly wanted a crack.
In the intervening several years Paul shaped a band, The Orange Lights, though Tunde produced two solo albums, but the old relationship between the pair remained, and in 2010 they acquired back again with each other with a look at to creating a fourth album.
“Somehow we could not knock it collectively in the studio,” says Paul. “So we decided to go and do some demonstrates, to remind ourselves who we are and what we do. As a single of the Duran Duran men said to me: ‘What do you want to go in the studio for? That is where all the arguments transpire! Go and do some gigs…’ So, which is what we did, and it was excellent.”
The outdated itch was still there, even though, and by the time the band reunited once more in 2016 they were decided to make a document, something that was typical Lighthouse Household, but also sounded like it could be created today. Bunkered in a north London studio, the previous good friends and collaborators immediately located their groove.
“What happens when Tunde and I get in the studio is, we just drift off – we really do not at any time row!” states Paul. “There’s no shouting or throwing matters. In truth we only at any time had just one argument – but it lasted 20 decades!“
People many years have not dulled Lighthouse Family’s exceptional capability to craft elegantly attractive songs. Their very first single in almost two decades, ‘My Salvation’ is an upbeat track that flies superior on lush strings and has echoes of Pet Store Boys at their imperial very best. It is sentiments chime beautifully with the band’s return: “I wrote it at the finish of 2016, when there had been heaps of issues altering in politics and my son experienced just obtained his to start with work setting up out in the globe. There is the line: ‘When you say a prayer, does anyone hear, send out an SOS…’ You are hunting for that touchstone that salvation can deliver.”
‘Blue Sky In Your Head’ opens with the rippling, rolling, title keep track of. Its concept is, states Tunde, equivalent to ‘Ocean Drive’. “A desire of a place, a dream of escape, one thing you want to get absent to.”
“And that is form of you what you want Lighthouse Relatives tunes to do: set a Blue Sky In Your Head,” adds Paul.
Without a doubt, the new album has some thing that has generally been current with Lighthouse Relatives: a perception of optimism and renewal. “We’re making an attempt to generate some thing anthemic and uplifting but real,” says Paul. “That concept of: ‘I know the sun’s gonna glow again’, it’s quintessential Lighthouse Family members.”
“I like hymns, normally have. I was in the choir as a kid,” provides Tunde. “I consider all the tracks on the record have that experience. They’re urban hymns.”
Messages of hope and uplift. Sentiments of neighborhood and communion. Tunes of appreciate and connection. Tunes to sing, loudly, from the coronary heart. It can only be Lighthouse Household, back to dream up the magic all over yet again.
Blue Sky In Your Head:
1. Blue Sky In Your Head
2. My Salvation
3. Reside Once more
4. The Extended Goodbye
6. Waterloo Avenue
7. Put My Coronary heart on You
8. Gentle On
9. Who’s Gonna Preserve Me Now?
10. Tremendous 8
11. The Streetlights And The Rain
12. Under Your Wings
1. Ocean Generate
5. Misplaced In Place
6. Loving Each Minute
8. Issue Of Faith
9. Goodbye Heartbreak
10. Postcard From Heaven
United kingdom TOUR DATES, NOVEMBER 2019
Monday 11 Birmingham Symphony Corridor
Wed 13 Glasgow Royal Live performance Corridor
Thurs 14 Newcastle on Tyne Town Corridor
Fri 15 Nottingham Royal Concert Hall
Sunlight 17 Halifax The Victoria Theatre
Mon 18 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Tue 19 Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion
Thu 21 Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre
Fri 22 London Palladium