Scotland's Aereogramme, whose My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go hit record stores Tuesday, heads Stateside for the first time in four years after an intense struggle to finish the album and some very bizarre health problems.
If this new release seems a quieter affair than 2006's cathartic, noise-ridden Seclusion, it's with good reason. A throat infection (supposedly induced by touring, cigarettes, and whiskey) found member Craig B mute for several weeks when writing My Heart... in 2005, and the pensive, serene melodies and string arrangements on the songs no doubt reflect both the stillness and frustration he was feeling.
In the end, more good than bad has come of Craig's period of quarantine. Critics agree this is a potentially career-changing album for the band, and you can see for yourself when they hit the road this spring alongside labelmates A Northern Chorus. Check back for further updates to the tour dates, coming soon.
My Heart Has A Wish That You Would Not Go is out now on Sonic Unyon.
04/01 Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda's
04/02 New York, NY: Knitting Factory
04/03 Brooklyn, NY: Luna Lounge
04/04 Boston, MA: The Middle East
04/09 Chicago, IL: Subterranean
04/13 Seattle, WA: Crocodile Cafe
04/16 San Francisco, CA: The Independent