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Pram release first studio album in 11 years

Across The Meridian is out on 20 July, followed two days later by a London show

Next month Pram will release their first LP in 11 years. Called Across The Meridian, it follows on from 2007's The Moving Frontier, and is described by their current label Domino as a “celebration of much of Pram’s iconic quirkiness, focused into a beautifully constructed and tautly produced soundworld”.

Across The Meridian is the outcome of an improv session at Foel studios in Wales, which they later reconvened at a studio in their hometown Birmingham. “It’s slightly more hi-fi than previous albums,” says guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Matt Eaton. “Early Pram music was recorded on a four track cassette player in a squat in Birmingham. Having a reliable working microphone was a prize in itself. The texture of our mixing and production has changed over the years.”

He continues: “We allow ourselves to make these odd mistakes and quirks and then the music has a character of its own. It’s part of what we’ve always done naturally, so it’s very unlike us to take a conventional path to something. We want to create something new – a new sound or a new process – each time we record.”

Across The Meridian is released in vinyl and CD formats and as a download by Domino. Pram will play at London’s The Lexington on 22 July. You can check out a video of Pram’s new single below.