Single of the Week: Circa Waves - Jacqueline


Circa Waves today announce their fourth studio album ‘Sad Happy’, due for physical release on 13th March 2020 via Prolifica Inc / [PIAS].

An album of our times, ‘Sad Happy’ is formed of two diametrically distinctive sides, which will see the Happy side released individually in the new year before uniting as one complete body of work on 13th March 2020. ‘Happy’ side will be available via streaming platforms from 10th January 2020. The two sides will then be united as a full physical & digital ‘Sad Happy’ album release on CD and vinyl formats on 13th March 2020.

Lead single ‘Jacqueline’ is unveiled today as the first taste of ‘Sad Happy’. An infectious, Soweto flavoured groove, ‘Jacqueline’ is another bold slice of bright, life-affirming pop from the pen of Kieran Shudall, who is establishing himself as one of Britain’s most prolific young songwriters. With it’s infectious chorus and refrain of ‘Good times are coming around the bend’, Jacqueline is at once instantly recognisable and also another bold sonic leap forward for Circa Waves. It’s a song that’ll sit effortlessly amongst a setlist already brimming with anthems. Discussing the themes behind ‘Sad Happy’, Kieran says:

"We live in a world split into two extreme halves. One moment you’re filled with the existential crisis of climate doom and the next you’re distracted by another piece of inconsequential content that has you laughing aloud. I find this close proximity of immense sadness and happiness so jarring, bizarre and fascinating. Our brains rattle back and forth through emotions at such a rate that happiness and sadness no longer feel mutually exclusive. This idea was the blueprint for 'Sad Happy' and is the theme that underpins the album. Sad / Happy is written in my Liverpool home, it’s also hugely inspired by my surroundings and the love I have for the city. It runs through thoughts on mortality, love and observations of people."

‘Sad Happy’ was written and produced in full by Kieran Shudall, and mixed by Grammy winners Dan Grech-Marguerat and Matt Wiggins. Today’s album announcement comes a little over six months after the release of April’s Top Ten Charting UK Album ‘What’s It Like Over There?’. In a day and age when the barriers to releasing music have been well and truly torn down, the prolific nature of Kierans’ writing, coupled with Circa Waves relentless appetite for playing live and their own label imprint, are cementing the Liverpool four piece’s reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic and exciting bands.

Today also sees the announcement of Circa Waves next headline UK tour. Kicking off at Glasgow’s O2 Academy on 27th March 2020, the tour will also take in a headline show at London’s Brixton Academy on 3rd April and finish with a hometown show at Liverpool’s Guild of Students on 4th April 2020.

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