Britpop icon Richard Ashcroft brings melodic touch to uplifting ‘Surprised By The Joy’

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Richard Ashcroft gears up for the release of his fifth solo studio album next month by unveiling the record’s lead single ‘Surprised By The Joy’.

It’s an upbeat gem of a track with rich strings, punchy drums, jangling acoustics and featuring melodic riffs & hooks centred around Ashcroft’s legendary signature vocals.

Ashcroft is set to return with the October 19 release of his fifth solo studio album ‘Natural Rebel’. The album will be released on his own RPA label and will be his first released via BMG.

Listen to ‘Surprised By Joy’ by Richard Ashcroft now on Shoot Musics’s New Releases Playlist on Spotify.

‘Natural Rebel’ represents the latest chapter in a hugely successful solo career for the former Verve frontman and Ivor Novello winner. It follows ‘Alone With Everybody’ (#1, 2000), ‘Human Conditions’ (#3, 2002), ‘Keys to the World’ (#2, 2006) and ‘These People’ (#3, 2016).

Featuring ten new songs, all of which were written by Ashcroft, ‘Natural Rebel’ was produced by the singer-songwriter alongside Jon Kelly (Paul McCartney, Kate Bush) and Emre Ramazanoglu (Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker).

The majority of its recording took place at State of the Ark Studios in Richmond, with further sessions at The Bunker, Tileyard Studios and Hoxa HQ.

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