BC Camplight is the moniker of Brian Christinzio, who released his debut album on Bella Union in 2015. That album, How To Die In The North, was written, recorded and largely indebted to his new home of Manchester, England, where he had moved to escape the US. Unfortunately for him, when he'd settled in the North, his Visa expired and he was deported back to New Jersey, where he depressedly played pinball in his parents' basement. He never gave up on his music career though, continuing to work on new material and return to Europe to tour when possible. Salvation came when he was granted Italian citizenship through his grandparents' heritage, and was allowed to return to the UK - only for Brexit to happen very shortly after.

It's no surprise to hear him say “The past few years have been a fucking nightmare,” by way of introduction to his new album Deportation Blues, which documents the emotional journey of these recent events. It is set for release through Bella Union on August 24th.

The introduction to BC Camplight's new album is the title track, an ambitious and multi-faceted track that amply captures the feeling of displacement and uncertainty over the future. Through its 5 minutes, 'Deportation Blues' shifts from garage-rock riffs to synthesizer noodling to the imposing choral chant-like stabbing chorus - before wrapping back around to the sunshine rock basis once more. 'Deportation Blues' is impossible to pin down in terms of genre and mood, as it captures BC Camplight's despair in its muted vocals, but also seems to suggest some hopefulness for the future in its bright and pounding asides that are woven into the song's unorthodox fabric.

Christinzio admits the album, and this song, “is no redemption I-saw-the-light story,” but also says “I’ve never been as pleased with where I am artistically as I am right now.” You can certainly understand why, in hearing the challenging and brilliant 'Deportation Blues' below.

You can watch an introductory trailer for the album here. BC Camplight will be taking Deportation Blues on the road all around the UK later in the year, at these dates:

Wednesday 10th October – MANCHESTER – Gorilla
Wednesday 17th October – LEEDS – The Wardrobe
Thursday 18th October – GLASGOW – The Great Eastern
Friday 19th October – NEWCASTLE – Cluny 2
Saturday 20th October – HEBDEN BRIDGE – Trades Club
Tuesday 23rd October – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds
Wednesday 24th October – BRIGHTON – The Green Door Store
Thursday 25th October – LONDON – Omeara
Saturday 27th October – DUBLIN – The Workmans Club
Monday 29th October – CAMBRIDGE – Portland Arms
Tuesday 30th October – OXFORD – The Bullingdon
Wednesday 31st October – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 1st November – BRISTOL – Rough Trade Bristol
Friday 2nd November – NOTTINGHAM – Bodega