Paloma Faith, one of only two British female artists this decade to have their last three albums go double platinum in the UK, has released her long-awaited fourth album, The Architect.

The new album, her first in more than three years and since giving birth to her first child, features an array of acclaimed co-writers, producers and collaborators including, Sia, John Legend, Jesse Shatkin, TMS, Starsmith, Tobias Jesso Jr., Eg White, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, actor Samuel L. Jackson and journalist and activist Owen Jones.

Paloma, who won the Brit Award for British Female Solo Artist in 2015 following the phenomenal success of her last record, 2014’s A Perfect Contradiction, explores both personal and political themes on the album.

Whilst the music is classic Paloma, with sweeping orchestral tracks, smooth soul, sleek disco grooves and stomping electro pop all featured on the album, the lyrics raise social and political questions, and cover powerful and topical themes, such as motherhood, social anxiety, wealth inequality, technology’s impact on feelings of alienation…. oh and also the future of the Western world, Donald Trump, Brexit and the refugee crisis, all within the confines of classic pop.

Title track The Architect features, if you can imagine it, Paloma as Mother Nature, singing to humanity, while Guilty reflects on the Brexit vote from the perspective of a leave voter who regrets their choice. Lead single Crybaby ponders whether war would cease to exist if men successfully dealt with their emotions, and Lost and Lonely is sung from the viewpoint of a skeleton!

The album also includes the track Warrior written by Sia, which Paloma interprets to be about the refugee crisis, a duet with John Legend, I’ll Be Gentle, and two spoken word interludes; album opener Evolution which is performed by acclaimed actor Samuel L. Jackson and Politics Of Hope which is a political commentary by Owen Jones.

Paloma said; “The Architect is a social observation record. I was adamant that I wouldn’t write about love. I wanted to look outside of myself. I’m coming at politics from the perspective of the common man or woman, observing why people are suffering. Each song on the record is about a different pocket of the socio-political world that I’ve been delving into.”

She added: “I wanted to write something more modern. On previous albums I’ve been more concerned with the past, but now I’m looking forward because of motherhood and wanting to change things for a better future. It’s a marriage of old and new.”

Paloma will embark on a UK arena tour next year, entertaining huge crowds across the UK and Ireland playing shows at venues including the Manchester Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena, Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Dublin’s 3Arena and London’s O2 Arena.

TOUR DATES 2018

March

Date Venue
Fri 2nd First Direct Arena Leeds
Sat 3rd Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
Mon 5th BHGE Arena Aberdeen
Tue 6th The SSE Hydro Glasgow
Thu 8th Manchester Arena
Fri 9th Metro Radio Arena Newcastle
Sun 11th BIC Bournemouth
Mon 12th Brighton Centre Brighton
Wed 14th O2 Arena London
Sat 17th Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
Tue 20th Echo Arena Liverpool
Wed 21st Genting Arena Birmingham
Fri 23rd The SSE Arena Belfast
Sat 24th 3Arena Dublin

Tickets are now on sale

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