King Creosote and Jon Hopkins | 27/02/12

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Diamond Mine, the critically acclaimed record from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins is getting the deluxe treatment on the 16th of April. The original, Mercury Music Prize-nominated album is beautifully expanded with a whole host of extra material, including all three tracks from the Honest Words EP, B-side "Missionary" and two brand new songs, "Third Swan" (which features additional vocals from KT Tunstall) and "Starboard Home".

Great news! As is the announcement that those two brand new tracks will be released separately on the 21st of April. They will be available as a digital download and a 7" single, allowing all those who have been avid listeners for a while to get those new songs by themselves. So not only exciting, but fiscally responsible!

Here are some words about the new tracks from King Creosote himself:

Third Swan

The much revisited inspirational well of ructions, relationships and regrettable behaviour has very recently been replenished with a leaky bucket of political angst, due in no small part to James Robertson's fine novel And the Land Lay Still. "Third Swan" is also a comment on how euphoria and despair sit side by side, with a few St. Andrews place names thrown in for good measure. To exist as the ugly duckling between two paragons of swan-like virtue is, no doubt, the metaphor that ties all of this together. In short, there was a lot swirling around my head in the dark weeks leading up to the end of 2011, and it had to end up on this, the penultimate page, of the Diamond Mine travelogue.

Starboard Home

As the good ship 'Diamond Mine' ties up alongside our wave-battered pier, the buffeting by wind and waves on our emotional voyage is replaced by the mournful cries of marsh birds and the welcoming voices of our loved ones, the ocean swell swapped for the comforting sight of the harbour lights.

Diamond Mine – Special Edition will be available digitally and on CD from 16th April, pre-order it here!