News: Montreal Four-Piece TOPS Announces New Album
Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing their new album. ‘I Feel Alive’ will be released on April 3rd via the band’s own label, Musique TOPS.
Posted: 22 January 2020 Words: Chris Hartmann
Montreal four-piece TOPS enter the new decade by announcing their new album. ‘I Feel Alive’ will be released on April 3rd via the band’s own label, Musique TOPS, and today they have shared the title track, along with tour dates across the UK, Europe and North America.
The first glimpse comes in the form of the album’s title-track, a bracing pop gem shadowed with dark undertones. An ode to new love, Penny sings: "I feel alive looking in your eyes" with the exuberance that comes with the early stages of romance, the discovery of a deep love. But love is complicated, and within the joy and happiness is the pain of leaving someone else behind.
‘I Feel Alive’ is TOPS’ fourth full-length, following 2017's ‘Sugar At The Gate’ and follows singles "Echo of Dawn" and "Seven Minutes" from last year. Their trademark sound of beguiling melodies over soft-rock grooves, with touches of '80s sophisti-pop and a contemporary experimental palette, is intact, but bolder and more expansive. The songs manage to be both immediately catchy and deceptively deep, with Penny's literary lyrics adding an extra dimension to the pure pop hooks. Satisfying yet far from predictable, this is a record to be savoured, revealing itself slowly, gaining power and poignancy with each listen.
TOPS will be touring the UK in May, their tour dates are as follows,
May 18 - Brighton, UK @ The Hope & Ruin
May 19 - Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
May 20 - Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan's
May 21 - Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
May 22 - Manchester, UK @ YES
May 24 - Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
May 25 - Birmingham, UK @ Hare and Hounds
‘I Feel Alive’ will be released on April 3rd via Musique TOPS. Pre-order at TOPS.lnk.to/IFeelAlive