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Land Of The Giants

“It’s all Brexit, deathand bewilderment withflashes of the really uplifting and positive.” So says Guy Garvey of Elbow’s eighthalbum Giants Of All Sizes – in which the band shook everything up, struggled withthe futility of songwriting, recorded in the wrong city and emerged bruised, battered and brilliant. John Earls hears why Elbow have gone “dark as fuck”

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Elbow’s new album, Giants Of All Sizes, arrives just two years after their seventhLP Little Fictions reached No 1. For a band of their stature, that’s a quick turnaround, especially as they fitted The Best Of Elbow in between. Craig Potter, Elbow’s keyboardist and the band’s sole producer since 2014’s The Take Off And Landing Of Everything, agrees the album was relatively straightforward, noting: “It was pretty easy, as we were all raring to go after Little Fictions. We started writing soon after, which was exciting, and really it’s all been a continuation.”

Potter’s attitude greatly amuses Guy Garvey. Interviewed a few days later at the studio where he works in Brixton, three miles from his home in SouthLondon, Garvey is every bit as good-natured as you’d expect from Elbow’s concerts, long since the most affirming communal experience in modern music. Garvey gently teases the studio receptionist after hearing how his unchained motorcycle got stolen, provides a funny and heartfelt discourse for the next hour and has even brought in a packed lunch to eat between interview duties and recording his Sunday afternoon 6 Music show, Finest Hour.

Ever since The Seldom Seen Kid welcomed Elbow into the arenas, their image as music’s kindest souls has remained intact. But Giants Of All Sizes was far from a calm ride, for Garvey at least. “It was straightforward from the technical side,” he acknowledges. “Lyrically, it’s been a lot more difficult. The lads hold me to the flame where my lyrics are concerned, and there’s been more pushback on this record than any previous one. If I’m honest, that’s been quite hard, as sometimes they’re pushing back on things that are really close to my heart.”

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