London-based progressive, psychedelic rockers Messenger recently signed to InsideOutMusic for the release of their forthcoming second album 'Threnodies' due on April 22nd, 2016, and now they are pleased to reveal "Balearic Blue", the first track to be taken from the album, and the beautiful artwork which you can see above. Listen to "Balearic Blue" here:
The band had this to say about the track: "We're very excited to present a preview track from our forthcoming album 'Threnodies' as well as the cover artwork. The artwork and layout were created by Colombian, Berlin-based artist Daniel Correa Mejia. We were mesmerized by his paintings and decided that his work fits perfectly with our music. 'Balearic Blue' is more along the lines of our previous release 'Illusory Blues', so expect something different for the next track. We're very much looking forward to performing some of these new songs on our forthcoming tour with the Von Hertzen Brothers and HRH Prog in March"
Messenger will be hitting the road in advance of the new album's release, with the band joining Finnish rockers Von Hertzen Brothers on their UK tour in March. They have also been confirmed for Hard Rock Hell Prog in March & Stone Free Festival at London's O2 Arena.
The full list of dates can be found below:
17th March - Waterfront, Norwich
18th March - Brooklyn Bowl, London
19th March - HRH Prog Festival, Pwllheli, North Wales
20th March - Academy 3, Manchester
22nd March - The Duchess, York
23rd March - Oobleck, Birmingham
24th March - The Fleece, Bristol
19th June - Stone Free Festival (O2 Arena), London
The 5-piece band released their debut album 'Illusory Blues' in 2014 to much acclaim, with the band winning the 'Limelight' award at the Progressive Music Awards that year, and being nominated for Best New Band at the Classic Rock Awards the following year. Q Magazine called their debut 'an intriguing and impressive first album", while The Guardian said "they straddle the supermassive black hole between prog and folk."
Khaled Lowe: Guitars/Vocals
Jaime Gomez Arellano: Drums/Percussion
Barnaby Maddick: Guitars/Vocals
Dan Knight: Guitars/Keyboards
James Leach: Bass
Look out for more information on the album in the coming weeks.
Progressive Rock & Progressive Metal - E-Zine