The Cult announce new album “Under the Midnight Sun”


The Cult is back with Under the midnight sun, their first album in six years. The band’s 11th studio album is set to be released on October 7 via Black Hill.

Produced by Tom Dalgety, the album was inspired by frontman Ian Astbury’s experience at the Provinssirock festival in Finland where he witnessed summer north of the Arctic Circle where the sun never sets:

“It’s three in the morning, the sun is rising and there are all these beautiful people in this happy moment,” he said in a press release. “People are laying on the grass, kissing, drinking, smoking. There were rows of flowers in the front of the stage from the performances earlier in the evening. It was an amazing moment.”

The press release goes on to describe the album as reinforcing “a new musical dexterity building on the idyllic and surreal vision of its title. Throughout, Astbury draws influences from Brian Jones, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, the Buddhism, the Beats and the Age of Aquarius, all shadowed by the lingering threat of the present and the timeless cult color palette.

Astbury goes on to say, “At the heart of it all, music contains the vibrational frequency of how we once communicated before we could even speak. Birdsongs, animal cries, string theory, quantum physics, psychedelics. The record is ultimately about finding and uniting the beauty in these eerily natural moments.

Ahead of the album, The Cult shared their debut single “Give Me Mercy.” Watch the video directed by Juan Azulay below. Pre-order Under the midnight sun here.

Under the midnight sun will be the continuation of 2016 Hidden City. The Cult will begin their North American tour later this month. Discover these dates here.

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