release new single ‘Signs and Wonders’ on September 13 on Warner Bros. Records; album of the same name follows September 21
“The sonic sweep and grandeur of early Radiohead and second album-era Coldplay… lovely, sunny songs, but with that key ingredient – a lurking melancholy” – Sunday Times
“Achingly beautiful celestial indie… Will have Sigur Rós quivering with envy” - NME
“They could be the first stadium-rock balladeers it's OK to like” – The Guardian
“Their live presence is a resounding and cinematically cosmic experience… Their debut swells with spiritually melancholic masterpieces” – The Fly
“Responsible for making some of the catchiest tunes this side of 2009” – Clash
TIPPED as one of the brightest emerging talents of the year, ANIMAL KINGDOM are set to move a step closer to breaking into the mainstream with the September 13 release of new single Signs and Wonders on Warner Bros. Records. Their debut album of the same name follows on September 21.
Recorded at Electrokitty Studios in Seattle with Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins), Signs and Wonders will be available on digital download formats. The iTunes format adds an alternate version and an exclusive Starsmith remix, while the Nokia release includes an exclusive Bo Flex remix.
Signs and Wonders is Animal Kingdom’s third single following the limited edition releases Chalk Stars and Tin Man.
Recorded over a six-week period, Animal Kingdom’s debut album includes the delicately crafted, emotive pop of the debut single Chalk Stars, the dreamy, infectious hook that gives the lovelorn Tin Man an otherworldly atmosphere and the eerie flow of Two By Two that features frontman Richard Sauberlich’s vocals floating in the ether like the voice of an imaginary friend.
The album is also rich on versatility; the likes of Good Morning, Silence Summons You and Into The Sea share a cohesive, cinematic atmosphere but each song represents a unique statement. Animal Kingdom could be loosely compared to the likes of Mercury Rev, The Cure, The Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins and Grandaddy, but they remain a proposition in which their own individual sound shines through.
Recently seen on tour with Silversun Pickups, Animal Kingdom have also played shows with bands as diverse as Vampire Weekend, Band of Horses, Camera Obscura and Snow Patrol. Despite being relative newcomers, they have already debuted on the festival circuit with dates at Latitude, V, Monmouth and Secret Garden Party. Animal Kingdom are also confirmed to play London’s 100 Club on September 17 as part of The London Paper Headliners Festival.