It's been a long time since we've heard from Isobel Campbell. The erstwhile Belle & Sebastian member and Mark Lanegan collaborator has been absent for nigh on a decade now, having gotten married and moved to Los Angeles - but has this week made a sudden, very welcome return. She has revealed that she has a new solo album called There Is No Other ready for release on January 31st through Cooking Vinyl.

She has said that “One word I had in mind for this record was ‘psychedelic’...A dreamy, otherworldly feel.” This can certainly be heard in 'Ant Life' which she has shared ahead of the album's release.

The track's title suggests the intimacy of the sound, which perfectly suits Campbell's quiet vocals that guide us through the delicately written indie song. Centred around acoustic guitar that flows with the simplistic beauty of a stream, with winding synths glistening off its surface, we hear Campbell's voice flitting and gliding throughout 'Ant Life'. She sings of time slipping away, country lanes and other idyllic images that are easy to conjure in this sunny aural surrounding. It's a welcome return for Campbell, who proves she still has the ability to project our minds to great distances with perfectly honed musical choices.

Isobel Campbell's new album There Is No Other comes out through Cooking Vinyl on January 31st. She'll also be touring around that time:

Jan 2020
28 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds UK
30 - Celtic Connections, Glasgow UK
31 - The Empire Music Hall, Belfast UK

Feb 2020
01 - Liberty Hall, Dublin IE
02 - The Deaf Institute, Manchester UK
03 - Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool UK
05 - Komedia Main space, Brighton UK
07 - St Pancras Old Church, London UK (Doors: 7pm early show // 9pm late show)
09 - Het Zonnehuis, Amsterdam NL
10 - Botanique, Brussels BE
11 - Café de La Danse, Paris FR
13 - Nochtspeicher, Hamburg DE
14 - Hotel Cecil, Copenhagen DK
16 - Privatclub, Berlin DE

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