elbow announce the first single from their forthcoming album, ‘Flying Dream 1’.

‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ shares its title with the band’s Mercury Music Prize winning 2008 album, and pays similar tribute to the band’s beloved friend and Manchester musician Bryan Glancy.

“Whilst we were recording, the realities of lockdown meant that I often only got to hear the music the lads had been making in their homes in Manchester late at night when the house was still. The first thing I heard was what you hear, the drums leading into a beautiful, daring, woodwind arrangement. I was expecting a piano, not a clarinet, but Craig’s creation perfectly encapsulated my mood at that point and the lyrics came out in the order you hear them.

“It struck me that Bryan meeting my wife Rachael would have been something to witness, a joint charm offensive of grand proportions as both are proud and brilliant and a little bit naughty. In my mind at that point, there was no better thing than watching my best friend dance with the woman I love.”

– Guy Garvey

Watch a video of the band filmed during the recording of ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ at Brighton’s Theatre Royal here.

Stream/download ‘The Seldom Seen Kid’ here.

elbow’s ninth studio album, ‘Flying Dream 1’, is released on November 19. Pre-Order here.