Scottish rockers Idlewild return with brand new single ‘Dream Variations’ and, along with it, the announcement of brand new album Interview Music.
Having taken a break in 2010 (the previous 15 years seeing them turn from raucous cult curiosity to chart bothering national treasures) friendship and the bind of their creativity brought Idlewild back together for 2015’s Everything Ever Written.
With it, came critical praise, an album in the top 20, and the band selling out venues as large as they ever had. With new members Luciano Rossi and Andrew Mitchell on board, Roddy Woomble, guitarist Rod Jones and drummer Colin Newton felt a renewed sense of purpose. So much so that the week that Everything Ever Written was released, they were already back at the drawing board to start work on what would become the bold step sidewards, forthcoming album Interview Music.
Listen to ‘Dream Variations’ by Idlewild on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
Inspired, they later decamped at the end at the end of a US tour in 2016 to Los Angeles to flesh out their ideas, but it would be some years before they set themselves up at Jones’ own Edinburgh studio to finish the record.
“A lot of the songs are about dreams and dreaming and the thoughts and ideas that come from this state,” says Woomble. “I live in the Scottish Highlands, and between there and California you’ve got two locations that can put you in a dream like state – driving down Sunset Boulevard as the sun sets or driving over the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula as the sun rises. The world seems unreal, magical. You’re dreaming through a landscape.”
Before finishing the album, the band performed a run of shows to celebrate the anniversary for their seminal record The Remote Part.
One of those shows would see them meet up once again with the producer of that record and 100 Broken Windows, Dave Eringa, who would provide Idlewild with the grounding they needed to finish Interview Music. “Dave produced five songs on the album, but also brought a focus back to the band, and actually made us finish it!” admits Woomble “He made it sound like us,”