Always Ascending

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Always Ascending
Franz Ferdinand - Always Ascending album cover art.png
Studio album by Franz Ferdinand
Released 9 February 2018 (2018-02-09)
Recorded 2016–2017
Length 39:48
Label Domino
Producer Philippe Zdar
Franz Ferdinand chronology
Always Ascending
Singles from Always Ascending
  1. "Always Ascending"
    Released: 25 October 2017
  2. "Feel the Love Go"
    Released: 8 January 2018

Always Ascending is the upcoming fifth studio album by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It will be released on 9 February 2018 through the Domino Recording Company. It is the band's first non-collaborative album in over four years, following Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (2013). It is also their first album to feature new members Dino Bardot and Julian Corrie, who joined shortly after the departure of Nick McCarthy. The title track was released as the album's lead single on 25 October 2017.

Background and recording

Following the release of Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, the band's fourth studio album, in August 2013, the band collaborated with American rock band Sparks under the name FFS. They released a self-titled album in July 2015 and briefly toured.[1] In July 2016, it was announced that Nick McCarthy, one of the band's founding members, was taking a break from the band to spend more time with family and focusing on side projects.[2] It was announced in May 2017 that two new members had joined the band; Dino Bardot, former guitarist for Scottish indie rock band 1990s, and music producer Julian Corrie.[3]

The band recorded the album at RAK Studios in London and Motorbass Studios in Paris.[4] They previously used RAK Studios to record FFS in late 2014.[5][6] For Always Ascending, they worked alongside Philippe Zdar, one-half of French synthpop duo Cassius and frequent collaborator with French indie pop band Phoenix, on the album.[4]

Promotion and release

Prior to the announcement of the album, the band shared a short snippet of the title track on social media platforms on 23 October 2017.[7] On 25 October, the band released the title track as the album's lead single. Alongside the release was the reveal of the album's title, artwork, and track listing. They also released dates for a world tour, starting in October 2017 and ending in May 2018.[8][9] A music video for the title track, directed by AB/CD/CD, was released on 4 December.[10] On 8 January 2018, "Feel the Love Go" was premiered on Zane Lowe's radio show on Beats 1. A music video was also released on the same day and made exclusive to the Apple Music service.[11] The video was directed by Diane Martel,[11] who had previously directed the band's music videos for "Do You Want To" and "Evil Eye".[12]

The album will be released on physical and digital formats on 9 February 2018 by the Domino Recording Company. It will be made available on 12" vinyl, CD, and a limited edition cassette.[13] A bundle was also made available which included a 180 gram blue and white marble-colored vinyl and other special merchandise items, limited to 1,500 copies.[14]

Track listing

Always Ascending[15]
No. Title Length
1. "Always Ascending" 5:21
2. "Lazy Boy" 2:59
3. "Paper Cages" 3:40
4. "Finally" 3:09
5. "The Academy Award" 4:14
6. "Lois Lane" 3:34
7. "Huck and Jim" 3:35
8. "Glimpse of Love" 3:12
9. "Feel the Love Go" 4:46
10. "Slow Don't Kill Me Slow" 5:18
Total length: 39:48

Release history

Region Date Format Label Catalog no.
Worldwide 9 February 2018 CD Domino WIGCD408
12" vinyl WIGLP408
12" vinyl (bundle edition) WIGLP408XXMT
Cassette WIGMC408


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  3. ^ Wicks, Amanda (19 May 2017). "Franz Ferdinand Introduce Two New Members". Pitchfork. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 
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  8. ^ Blais-Bille, Braudie (25 October 2017). "Franz Ferdinand Announce New Album Always Ascending, Share New Song: Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Cook-Wilson, Winston (25 October 2017). "Franz Ferdinand Announce New LP Always Ascending, Release Title Track". Spin. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Reed, Ryan (4 December 2017). "Watch Franz Ferdinand's Vivid 'Always Ascending' Video". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 December 2017. 
  11. ^ a b Gaca, Anna (8 January 2018). "Franz Ferdinand – "Feel the Love Go"". Spin. Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  12. ^ "". Diane Martel (official website). Retrieved 8 January 2018. 
  13. ^ "Franz Ferdinand | Domino Mart". Domino Recording Company. 25 October 2017. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
  14. ^ "Franz Ferdinand | Domino Mart". Domino Recording Company. 25 October 2017. Archived from the original on 25 October 2017. Retrieved 26 October 2017. 
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