ANNOUNCE BRAND NEW ALBUM ‘IS THIS ALL WE ARE?’
OUT 15TH SEPTEMBER
PLUS SHARE EUPHORIC TITLE TRACK
AHEAD OF FESTIVAL APPEARANCES AT READING & LEEDS THIS SUMMER AND FULL HEADLINE UK/EU TOUR THIS AUTUMN
Vistas have announced their brand new album ‘Is This All We Are?’ alongside sharing the euphoric title track – listen here.
The Scottish trio’s third full length studio album will be released on 15th September 2023 and follows swiftly on from the acclaimed ‘The Beautiful Nothing’ EP (Is Right Records) released at the start of the year. Kickstarting a new era for Vistas, bringing heavier elements into play that gloriously played off the breezy, euphoric staples of their two critically lauded albums, ‘Is This All We Are?’ as a body of work picks up the baton from where the most recent EP left off as the band hurtle towards esteemed festival slots at this year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Also revealed today is the record’s title track, a euphoric burst of solid gold indie. Taking inspiration from the likes of The Killers and The xx, the track pits euphoric stadium-sized indie against subtle nods to dance music in the production, setting the tone for the new album in style.
Speaking about the track the band say, “‘Is This All We Are?’ was one of the earliest tracks written for the album and that central question posed in the title informed the theme of the entire record. It is essentially asking the question of: ‘What is the meaning of our time on earth?’, but the song is left open ended and doesn’t try to provide any answers.”
Recorded at Kempston Street Studios in Liverpool in December of 2022 and produced by Rich Turvey, the environment of a brand new studio gave the band a fresh burst of energy when it came to laying down the tracks as they also made a conscious effort with this album to strip away any unnecessary details that didn’t serve the music. What happened as a result is the band’s most confident body of work to date as the trio navigate their way through love, loss and life’s big questions.
Explaining ‘Is This All We Are?’ In more depth, frontman Prentice Robertson says: “During the writing of both the EP and album one of my family members became very ill and this became all encompassing in mine and my families’ lives. This led to many conversations about the fragility and meaning of someone’s life and where they go and what they leave behind after they are gone. As these subjects were so dominating in my thoughts, they became the central theme of the album. I think the title sums up these themes as a whole by asking ‘is this all we are?’.”
“In our previous records I feel like the subjects of the songs were a bit more broad and with this record I tired to make things more specific. There are tracks about why people can be cruel, tracks about losing someone, tracks about how unfair life can be and tracks that question what the meaning of our time on earth is,” he continues.
‘Is This All We Are?’ Tracklist
1. ‘Cruel Hearts’2. ‘Bad Idea’ 3. ‘Dopamine’ 4. ‘Nowadays’ 5. ‘Last Together’ 6. ‘Is This All We Are?’ 7. ‘I Know I Know’ 8. ‘Sleeping With The Light On’ 9. ‘The Garden’ 10. ‘A Hit Of Heaven’
‘Is This All We Are?’ Is released on 15th September 2023.
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.