James Yorkston | 24/05/12

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Here's some news to get you all feline good - James Yorkston's brand new album I Was A Cat From A Book will be released by Domino on Monday the 13th of August 2012. His first album since 2008's When The Haar Rolls In, I Was A Cat From A Book finds James playing with a new band comprised of members of Lamb & The Cinematic Orchestra alongside old friends.

The album was produced by James Yorkston and Dave Wrench and mostly recorded live during 5 wintry days in Bryn Derwen Studios, North Wales. It's an album full of energy and great musicianship, and contains James' strongest and most bewildering set of songs yet.

And you can experience some of that by listening to the opening song from the record, "Catch", right now:

Since the release of When The Haar Rolls In, James has published a book (It's Lovely To Be Here), collaborated with The Big Eyes Family Players on Folk Songs and seen the 10 year anniversary release of Moving Up Country, his landmark debut album.

I Was A Cat From A Book will be available on CD, 2 x 10" vinyl (exclusively featuring 2 extra tracks "Thar She Blows" and "Black Horse White") and digitally. And for those of you who demand the purr-fect version, there is also a truly spectacular boxset edition, containing 2 x 10" gatefold vinyl with download, the CD of the album, a DVD of James’ performance at the Union Chapel in 2011, a remix album by David 'A' Jaycock, printed backgammon pieces and dice to be played on the LP gatefold and 3 badges. Oh, and you'll get a half-hour commentary on the album from James delivered to you right now! Check here for more info.

The tracklisting is as follows:

  1. Catch
  2. Kath With Rhodes
  3. Border Song
  4. This Line Says
  5. Just as Scared
  6. Sometimes the Act of Giving Love
  7. The Fire & The Flames
  8. A Short Blues
  9. Spanish Ants
  10. Two
  11. I Can Take All This

Me-wow! Okay, no more cat puns. But there's a couple of bits more news for you:

James is playing the following live shows in support of the recent Moving Up Country release:

  • Thursday 24 May - Deaf Institute, Manchester (Support from Seamus Fogarty)
  • Tues 29 May - Cecil Sharp House, London SOLD OUT
  • Thursday 31st May - The Caves, Edinburgh (Support from Seamus Fogarty & Fence Records DJs til late)
  • June 3 May - Oran Mar, Glasgow
  • Friday 29 June - St Mary's Church, Reading

James has also confirmed the following dates after release of the new I Was A Cat From A Book album: