The Christians have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Ideal World’, taken from new album ‘Sings & Strings’ – a unique, acoustic and orchestral reworking of some of their greatest hits – and you can listen to it now on the Shoot Music – New Releases Playlist.
Thirty years on from the release of their debut self-titled album, which remains to this day Island Records’ highest selling debut album from any artist, ‘Ideal World’ was recorded in Liverpool’s Parr Street Studios, and features vocalist and founding member Garry Christian backed by his band members of over 10 years, Joey Ankrah and Neil Griffiths.
The video also features fellow Liverpudlians the Echo String Quartet, and members of the AMC Gospel Choir from Birmingham, who The Christians enlisted for this special album, while utilising the piano Coldplay recorded their first album on.
The hushed, almost gospel take, on ‘Ideal World’ is evidence of Garry’s heavily exposed vocals being as soulful as they were 30 years ago, but, in 2017, there’s a new, added layer of experience to the velvet voice, and, throughout the album, ‘Sings & Strings’ breathes new light through old windows.
Following the new album release, The Christians embark on a UK-wide 30-date tour with Midge Ure and Altered Images, and have plans for a dedicated ‘Sings & Strings’ tour in the New Year, plus a brand new Christians album with a totally fresh body of work, penned by Garry, to follow.