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Bella Union
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1 december 2023

Bella Union are thrilled to release the long-awaited debut solo album Albion by Harp, the adopted name of Tim Smith, formerly the singer and principal songwriter of Texan legends Midlake.

The road to Albion might have been long and winding, and bumpy to boot, but the music Harp has created is steeped in sublime melody, mood, drama and detail, its ten songs and two mood-matching instrumentals framed by a mesh of acoustic/electric guitars, soft shades of keyboards and Smith’s gorgeous voice; in other words, the quintessence of what drew people in the first place to his work with Midlake.

But Albion has starker, darker hues than Smith is typically renowned for, which lifts Albion to new heights in his canon; likewise, the level of personal revelation. These are songs about the human condition, from love - both lost and found – to faith, anxiety to joy, fear to acceptance, all couched in a highly distinct poetic language.

Since leaving Midlake, Smith has performed just once, with Lost Horizons (at London’s Festival Hall in 2018), the collective co-founded by Bella Union boss (and former Cocteau Twin) Simon Raymonde, after Smith had contributed vocals and lyrics to “She Led Me Away” for the collective’s 2017 debut Ojalá. Smith subsequently went on to contribute vocals and lyrics for the track “Grey Tower” on Lost Horizons’ second album, In Quiet Moments. Those were all-too-rare sightings of Smith, but Albion’s day has come, and in a manner of speaking, in many aspects of his life, Smith has finally come home.

Digitale afspeellijst

  1. 1 The Pleasant Grey 1:49 Kopen

    The Pleasant Grey

  2. 2 I Am The Seed 3:37 Kopen

    I Am The Seed

  3. 3 A Fountain 4:09 Kopen
  4. 4 Daughters of Albion 3:01 Kopen

    Daughters of Albion

  5. 5 Chrystals 1:37 Kopen
  6. 6 Country Cathedral Drive 5:06 Kopen

    Country Cathedral Drive

  7. 7 Shining Spires 3:56 Kopen

    Shining Spires

  8. 8 Silver Wings 3:45 Kopen

    Silver Wings

  9. 9 Seven Long Suns 3:55 Kopen

    Seven Long Suns

  10. 10 Moon 1:14 Kopen
  11. 11 Throne of Amber 4:10 Kopen

    Throne of Amber

  12. 12 Herstmonceux 4:04 Kopen


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