20 Aug 2008
A Darker Sunset 
John Metcalfe's new album 'A Darker Sunset' is out now on The Big Chill Recordings and will be launched with a gig at the 100 Club in London on 24 September 2008. Tickets priced 8.00 GBP available from wegottickets.com.

The full album tracklisting is:

Echo Valley
Shock Of Recognition
Felt Unseen
Copper Beech
Whole Day Nearer
Otama
Nothing More True
Parkstone
As She Fell
You Call My Name
Undertow
Higher Lighter
Constant Filter
Otama (Palm Skin Remix)
Whole Day Nearer (Sawhney Remix)

The album is available for the bargain price of 6.32 GBP on iTunes UK (in the superior iTunes Plus format).

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

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