Contrary to what you may think, the graphic that accompanies this post is not from the new Marks and Spencers Japan chic ad campaign. It’s a press shot for Martina Topley-Bird’s new album The Blue God.
Images aside, State is happy to see MTB return with a new album out on May 12th. Produced by Danger Mouse (He’s bloody everywhere!). With 2003’s Quixotic, Topley-Bird stepped into the limelight on her own and The Blue God may see her further her own remit.
You may have heard the first single ‘Carnies’, (Myspace stream), an ode to fairground rides. Current single ‘Poison’ really pushes Danger Mouse’s unique production, so much so that it begins to sound like an outtake from Gnarls Barkley’s The Odd Couple except without Cee-lo indulging in some depressive thoughts.
With ‘Valentine’ though, taken from the album, is an altogether more sumptuous turn. Shimmering guitar lines and ethereal backing vocals sit behind MBT’s billowy vocal.