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Royal Family & The Poor | North-West Soul

The first album in five years from Royal Family & The Poor, the cult avant-folk-electro collective overseen by reclusive Liverpudlian bard Michael Keane. Formed by Mike Keane and others in 1978, an early Situationist agenda saw them join Factory Records in 1980. After two albums (Temple of The 13th Tribe; We Love The Moon) and several singles, the Royal Family left the label in 1985, releasing further albums in 1987 (In the Sea of E) and 1999 (Songs for the Children of Baphomet). Currently the band is Mike alone.
Keane's concern with occult and secret knowledge has too often obscured the fact that he is a genuinely gifted songwriter. Moreover in recent years fragile health has increased the gap between new albums, yet North-West Soul more than justifies the wait. More open and honest than previous outings, the tracks reflect the dreams and aspirations he had struggled to realize in Toxteth over the last few years - hence the title. Never easy to categorize, the new music touches on ballads (Leaves In The Wind, Sweeter than the Day), dark electronica (Midnight Symphony) and eerie, bittersweet electropop (Falling, Long Time Coming).
North-West Soul contains 13 new studio tracks written and produced by Mike Keane. The disc runs for 70 minutes and features artwork conceived by Mike.

| tracklist
01 Falling
02 Sick Sad World
03 Wandering
04 Ratio
05 Long Time Coming
06 Midnight Symphony II
07 Sweeter Than The Day
08 Tell-Tale Heart
09 Hymn To The Night (The Dark Gift)
10 Leaves In The Wind
11 Sol Sonic
12 You + Me
13 Starfire


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