TONY PATTERSON AND DOUG MELBOURNE SIGN TO BEM; NEW ALBUM IN EARLY 2022.
Bad Elephant Music is delighted to announce that renowned writing and recording duo Tony Patterson and Doug Melbourne will be joining the BEM family for the release of their second album “Dark Before Dawn,” early in 2022.
The duo, both accomplished musicians in their own right, have joined forces on a number of projects in the past, most notably as members of the UK’s best-loved Genesis Tribute band, ReGenesis. Doug has also contributed to Tony’s other projects, including his solo album ‘Equations of Meaning’, and his acclaimed collaboration with Brendan Eyre ‘Northlands’.
Their debut album as a duo, ‘The Divide’, released in 2019, was Tony and Doug’s first collaboration as co-writers on a completely original project, and garnered praise from many quarters, including Prog Magazine – “…invites the listener to turn the lights down and bathe in aural beauty, a moment of hope in a grim world”.
Fans of ‘The Divide’ will immediately recognize the style and polish of the new album. ‘Dark Before Dawn’ takes the songs to a new level with more ambitious concepts and a sound that can only be described as “Epic”. Building on the electronic arrangements of ‘The Divide’, there is a greater emphasis on acoustic instruments and live playing in the studio.
Lyrically there is a similar mix of wry observation about the state of the world, though this time with more personal reflection, and a greater emphasis on emotions – love, hope and despair are all present in these songs.
‘Dark Before Dawn’ will be released in the first quarter of 2022, with pre-orders available from the BEM website this side of Christmas.
Below the official post from the label’s Facebook Page: