Published Oct 04, 2010We already knew that British alt-pop maestro Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) was planning to release a new album, It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1 - Photographing Snowflakes, this week. Now, it turns out he's also going to be releasing an alternate version entitled It's What They're Thinking.
This alternate album contains much of the same music as the regular LP, but reworked by a host of musicians from northwest England (close to Gough's hometown of Bolton). The names involved in the project aren't likely to be familiar to many North American listeners, including acts such as like Sam and the Plans, This Morning Call and Europium Alluminate.
According to a post on Badly Drawn Boy's Facebook page, "This CD is a real musical melting pot, showcasing a broad range of styles from some of the best up and coming acts the North West has to offer."
It's What They're Thinking will be available as part of the deluxe box set version, which you can pick up from Badly Drawn Boy's webstore.
In addition to the deluxe box set, Badly Drawn Boy will be releasing a limited edition double CD version of It's What I'm Thinking Pt.1, which will come with an entire album redux/sound collage by electro whiz Andy Votel.
To promote this bevy of extras, Badly Drawn Boy has unleashed a free EP, It's What They're All Thinking. It contains four tracks: a demo version of album opener "In Safe Hands," two tracks from It's What They're Thinking, plus an excerpt of Votel's sound redux.
Download the EP here and see the tracklist below.
UPDATE: Well, looks as if Badly Drawn Boy is returning to North America. A December 8 concert date has been announced for Toronto, ON's Great Hall; however, no other Canada/U.S. dates have been revealed as of yet, though we're guessing they're just around the corner.
It's What They're All Thinking:
1. "In Safe Hands" (demo)
2. Andy Votel - "It's What He's Thinking (Oxidising Hexagons Silver Iodide)" (short excerpt)
3. Tim and Sam's Tim and the Sam Band with Tim and Sam - "The Order of Things"
4. Sirconical - "A Pure Accident"