Its with great excitement that we can finally reveal details of the forthcoming My Autumn Empire album, ‘The Visitation’, which is the latest solo album from Ben Holton of epic45.
‘The Visitation’ takes its name from an early 80’s Doctor Who story in which an alien crash lands on Earth and was part of the inspiration for the album, but Holton expands on the concept with humour and draws a comparison to real life events that affected him at the time.
“It’s also homage to the 70s/80s sci-fi I was watching at the time with all the stagey acting, strange atmospheres and Radiophonic synthesizer sounds that come with them, sounds that have definitely had an impact on the music. Also to the outlandish concepts that drove a lot of the ELO albums I was listening to, in particular the 1981 album ‘Time’ about a man who gets stranded in the future and attempts to have a love affair with a robot.”
However, with tracks such as ‘Andrew’, ‘Where’s Everybody Gone?’ and ‘It’s Around’ the focus shifts to how we can alienate ourselves from social interaction and engagement in the outside world by immersing ourselves in media and fantasy.
“Musically, ‘The Visitation’ hits such diverse reference points as ELO, 10cc, Sparklehorse and The Wedding Present. I also think there’s an influence of some of the American ‘indie’ music I enjoyed in the latter half of the 90s, things like Grandaddy, Pavement and Sparklehorse.”
1. When You Crash Landed
2. Blue Coat
3. Where Has Everybody Gone?
4. Summer Sound
5. Afternoon Transmission
6. It’s Around
8. The People I Love
9. The Visitation
10. All In My Head
We are now taking pre-orders for both the standard CD edition (which comes in a card gatefold sleeve with fold out lyric sheet) as well as the collectors set, which includes :
– The Visitation CD.
– Bonus Disc (Re-interpretations of songs from all 3 MAE albums.)
– Original Artwork Print (Signed by Ben Holton.)
– Download code (Out Takes & Demo Versions.)
– ‘The Visitation’ Download Code.
– Wayside and Woodland Postcard.
*ships on 16/04/14
Finally, we have a short album teaser video : enjoy!