Leeds’ Sky Larkin have announced details of their new single, Newsworthy. The track, taken from their third album Motto, is to be released on December 9 through Wichita Recordings. The release will be backed by a new track, Parapet, and available digitally. Orders via the band’s website and also the Wichita Recordings shop will receive a specially-curated ‘Newsworthy’ newspaper, created and edited by the band.
In the words of singer and guitarist Katie Harkin: “The scale of the disembodied digital world can numb us into passive awe but it doesn’t have to be like that. Keep it newsworthy; it helps.
“I’ve always wanted our records to be immediate at their most accessible and at their most expansive, inhabitable. This sense of a vast but private scale is what I was chasing while mapping the ebbs and flows of this song. While the avenues for communication continue to multiply, it’s the duty of the craftsman not the tools to keep ourselves actively engaged.”
The lyrics in Newsworthy are instantly catchy and cleverly constructed, “Darling I’m drowning/The cacophony is coming for me/There’s no such thing as disembodied intimacy/So when you’re into me…Sucker punch me with something newsworthy”. There is something about these lyrics that will keep you coming back for more. Having female vocals singing, “Sucker punch me with something newsworthy…” is unexpected which is what makes it so great to hear. Harkin’s vocals are powerful yet feminine in this song suiting the lyrics, music and attitude of the song perfectly.
The release coincides with new shows for the band; they will be joining The Wedding Present for a show to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the legendary Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, their home city. Sky Larkin also play with Yuck and Dutch Uncles as part of the All Years Leaving Event in Birmingham this month.
Newsworthy is the next chapter in the band’s resurgent story: following a short hiatus while singer and guitarist Katie Harkin toured the world as part of Wild Beasts, Sky Larkin returned with Motto in September this year, a record that garnered blanket praise and the most acclaim for any of their albums so far. After a summer of festivals, pre-album support shows and autumn headline dates, the band will soon be announcing UK and European shows for 2014.
You can catch Sky Larkin live on the following dates:
16 Nov – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds w/ Yuck
1 Dec – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club w/ The Wedding Present
7 Dec – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club – special event TBA