“From the depths of woe I raise to Thee the voice of lamentation” [Psalm 130]
Five years since 2013’s heroic pop masterclass Idiots, Brighton’s beloved ESP return this year with their most ambitious project to date. Written and devised entirely by elder brother Alex, the new album comprises seven songs, each from a distinct point of view, often several. Many years in development, this song-suite was originally conceived as a solo project, but once an initial round of demos was completed it was decided these songs needed to be heard by as many people as possible, and as such would be reimagined as ESP #5. While previous albums have used the power pop of such legends as Big Star or Super Furry Animals as a springboard, these new songs take aim at a very different target – paring broad, circular chord patterns and driving repetition with lush horns, keening vocals and thundering guitars, ESP have arrived at some of their most emotionally raw and direct material in years, while also boldly pushing the envelope for what could reasonably be considered an Electric Soft Parade record. A meditation on overcoming, transcending. But fear not: there are huge pop songs within, and beauty abounds. Illuminating, joyous, cathartic. Anyone familiar with past records will know the calibre of producers ESP are known to work with, and augmenting the White brothers in the studio this time will be a raft of choice collaborators cherry-picked from across the group’s career.
“When we first spoke to PledgeMusic about making a new record, we made it clear we wouldn’t entertain the thought for a single second if we didn’t think we could make the album of our lives. It took a little while to realise it, but without even knowing it Alex had written this absolute monster – a fully-formed, self-contained masterpiece, pulling together all these emotional and stylistic strands that have affected and continue to inspire both of us. Being brothers, we’re pretty well tuned in to one another, so I didn’t struggle at all to find ownership of these songs. I don’t say this lightly – this is some of Alex’s most intense, emotional writing, and we cannot wait to get started. Given where we’re at as a group, the idea of our (extremely loyal) fans being part of the story of a new album, and new chapter of the group, seems perfectly apt.” – Thomas White
Available on MP3 or FLAC.
New Album Signed CD
New Album Signed LP
Signed black vinyl LP.
Signed Test Pressing
Exclusive signed test pressing. Limited to 10 copies.
Signed CD + T-Shirt Bundle
Signed CD and T-Shirt available in S-XXL
Signed LP + T-Shirt Bundle
Signed black vinyl LP and T-Shirt available in S-XXL
Exclusive New Album T-Shirt
Available in S-XXL
Signed Handwitten Lyric Sheet
Choose any The Electric Soft Parade song and get the lyrics handwritten and signed by Alex or Tom.
ESP Goodie Bag
A goodie bag containing five mystery ESP-related items. May include 7" singles, CDs, LPs, and other ESP related ephemera. Price includes shipping.
Mastering Album Playback Party
Album playback party to take place during the mastering stages of the new album. Location and date to be confirmed.
Join The Electric Soft Parade during a studio session for the recording of the new album. Limited to only 2 fans. Date/Time tbc.
Choose any song for The Electric Soft Parade to cover. Will be supplied on CDR and as MP3 and WAV file.
Not to be released commercially.
Signed Artwork By Thomas White
Pencil sketch or painting from a photograph of your choosing.
Image is example Thomas White pencil sketch done in Bordeaux, France.
Acoustic House Concert
Acoustic house concert, set list of your choice, covers, you name it we’ll play it.
Depending on location, extra travel and accommodation costs may be incurred.