The Streets have announced details of a new full-length album, titled “The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light”, along with details of a new tour.
Mike Skinner will return under this name for his first full-length album as The Streets since 2011’s ‘Computers And Blues’. The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light” is out on October 20 via 679 Records/Warner Music UK .
Skinner shared an album preview of the new single “Troubled Waters”, in which the artist laments modern society’s lack of responsibility and nocturnal hedonism. The accompanying video, which you can watch below, follows the star through concerts and clubs and on the streets at night.
All the songs on the album were written by Skinner and include the vocal collaborations of Kevin Mark Trail and Robert Harvey. One of the songs, which has not been revealed yet, will feature Teef.
The themes will act as a soundtrack for the accompanying film, while also acting as its narrator at times. Although a press release states that the album and the film could not exist without each other, they can also be enjoyed separately.
“It’s been seven long years working on this film and this album,” Skinner said in a statement. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and after diving into some clips and music videos, I felt I was ready. I tried to go the traditional route for a while, but it was always better to follow my instincts and go at it myself, so I directed, performed, organized, mixed, financed, produced and wrote.
“The album doesn’t exist without him. Ultimately, it’s the result of ten years on the DJ circuit, people watching in clubs and venues, testing beats and basslines to see what it was all about, and bringing it to together on ‘The Darker The Shadow Is Brighter The Light'”.
The following is the track listing for ‘The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light’:
‘Too Much Yayo’
‘Money Isn’t Everything’
‘Walk of Shame’
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‘Something to hide’
‘Shake Hands With Shadows’
‘Not a good idea’
‘Bright Sunny Day’
‘The Darkness The Brightest Shadow the Light’
‘Gonna Hurt When This Is Over’
‘Kick the Can’
‘every day brings’
‘Someone Else’s Tunes’
‘Good Old Daze’
The film The Darker The Shadow, The Brighter The Light is described as “a noir mystery thriller set in the clubs of London”. Written, directed, filmed, edited, scored and financed by Skinner, who created his own special effects for the film. It will first be shown in Everyman cinemas across the UK, but further dates and details will be announced soon.
The Streets will be back on the road shortly after the release of the album and film, in October, with a series of concerts across England and Scotland. The tour will conclude in November with a date at Alexandra Palace in London.
Fans can access pre-sale tickets by pre-ordering the new album on The Streets’ official website before 5pm BST on 18 July. The pre-sale will open at 9am BST on 19 July, followed by the general sale at 9am BST on 21 July. Tickets can be purchased here.
The Streets will play:
26 – Nottingham, Rock City
27 – Manchester, O2 Victoria Warehouse
28 – Sheffield, O2 Academy
2 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
3 – Newcastle, O2 City Hall
4 – Leeds, O2 Academy
9 – Liverpool, The Mountford Hall
10 – Birmingham, O2 Academy
13 – Norwich, The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
14 – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
16 – London, Alexandra Palace
Although The Streets haven’t released a full album since 2011, they’ve continued to share music in the meantime. Last year, the group released the “Brexit At Tiffany’s” EP, which included collaborations with Jazz Morley and Manga Saint Hilaire.
In 2020, Skinner shared the ‘None of Us Getting Out of This World Alive’ mixtape, which NME described in a four-star review as “a testament to Mike Skinner’s fascinating evolution” and “a testament to his keen eye”. healing.”