Release of album No. 3
18th September 2016
Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce that they will be releasing Why The Sea Is Salt, the third album from London progressive rock band The Gift, on 28th October 2016.
Why The Sea Is Salt consists of six superbly crafted songs, including one bona-fide epic in All These Things. As always the emphasis is on melody and lyricism, with the core writing team now bolstered by the return of founder member Leroy James and classical pianist Gabriele Baldocci. Mike Morton’s heartfelt lyrics are at the fore, with themes including love, loss, rampant materialism and the nature of the sea
The album is also graced by stellar guest performances from ex-Genesis guitarists Steve Hackett and Anthony Phillips, and by Tiger Moth Tales and Red Bazaar multi-instrumentalist Peter Jones. The album was mixed by Dave Lloyd, and mastered by Daniel Bowles at Seren Sounds. The sumptuous design is the work of internationally renowned artist Mark Buckingham. Why The Sea Is Salt will be available to pre-order from Monday 19th September at the Bad Elephant Music website - http://goo.gl/fGqZk1
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A quick recap...
18th September 2016
Until recently, The Gift were regarded by those in the know as ‘the best kept secret’ in progressive rock. Back in 2006, their first album ‘Awake And Dreaming’ wowed the ‘Prognoscenti’ with its heady mixture of ‘70s style and contemporary soundscapes. Then there was silence...until the band reformed a few years ago. Originally signed to Cyclops Records, the band joined the ever growing Bad Elephant Music roster in 2013. Then their long-awaited second album “Land of Shadows” emerged on the 5th of May 2014. It was another ambitious song suite packed with strong melodies, incisive lyrics and instrumental ‘tours de force’. The album took the listener on a true musical journey with tracks like “The Comforting Cold”, an ambitious epic about the near-death experience. As vocalist and songwriter Mike Morton said upon its release: “Don’t come to us for songs about cars and girls.”
BEM re-released ‘Awake And Dreaming’ in February this year to mark its 10th anniversary, re-mastered and repackaged with stunning new artwork. It caused a real stir in the UK, and The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Italy (in particular) were quick to join the growing calls for ‘more Gift’!
The Gift on Surrey Hills Radio
8th March 2015
On March 2nd, The Gift appeared on Surrey Hills Radio. Here's what the radio station had to say.
“After their album reached 22 in the Surrey Hills Radio Top 50 Prog Albums of 2014 Chart with the 'Land of Shadows', members of London based symphonic progressive rock band The Gift joined Tom Gillitt live in the studio. Mike, Dave and Graham sat in for a chat with the 21st Century Prog Show host and Adam Riches (from the Bingo Gravy Show) and discussed the creative process needed to make an albums. They also played some great tracks from the album!”
A good time was had by all. Thanks Tom for having us.
Listen to the show on Surrey Hills Radio
The Gift’s new EP planned
6th March 2015
The Gift are delighted to announce that we shall be releasing an EP in the autumn. Since cementing as a five piece after the release of 'Land Of Shadows' last year we have had a big shot in the arm in the writing department, with Samuele Matteucci (keys) and David Lloyd (guitars) contributing great ideas to go along with Mike Morton's output.
2016 promises to be a big year, with developing plans for a full album, which may well be a concept (more of which later). However, in the meantime, a number of tracks have evolved which seem to flow well together. The band are currently working on these tracks. Watch this space for more details!
Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce...
3rd March 2014
Bad Elephant Music is proud to announce that Land of Shadows, the much-anticipated sophomore release from symphonic prog masters The Gift, will be released on 5th May 2014.
Mike Morton, principal songwriter and vocalist with The Gift, said...”We are genuinely thrilled about ‘Land Of Shadows’. The Gift don’t do things quickly, but even by our standards this one was a long time coming. Part of the reason was our determination not just to remake ‘Awake And Dreaming’, which we could so easily have done. The new album is still very much us. We’re still telling tall tales and mixing up vintage with modern sounds, but this time around things are more ‘imminent’; more ‘live’. We’ve stripped back the layers and focused more on the song. But as card carrying proggers we still couldn’t resist throwing in a 20 minute beast about a near death experience... For those who like their music emotional, complex and occasionally grandiose, it’ll be right up your street.”
BEM’s CEO, David Elliott, said...“Releasing an album by The Gift is the fulfilment of a long-standing personal dream. Awake And Dreaming is one of my favourite albums from the start of the progressive rock ‘Renaissance’ of the mid-Noughties, and it’s a shame that Mike wasn't able to consolidate on the critical acclaim that the album received - due to circumstances beyond everyone’s control. With this new album - and a new lineup which will take The Gift’s vision to the stage in 2014 - we’ll finally see what this remarkable band can do.”
Pre-orders will open on 31st March - more details will follow soon. The release will be preceded by a digital single, The Willows, which will be available from the Bad Elephant Music website from 10th March.
Read the article on BadElephant.co.uk
The Gift’s definitive line-up
18th Jan 2014
After an exhausting round of auditions, the band has finally appointed a new drummer and bass player. Joseph Morton left a larger-than-life hole when he vacated the drum stool for his studies back in September. Finding the right replacement was never going to be easy, but the inimitable Scott Tipler (from the wild and eclectic ‘Fuzzy Nautilus’) is more than man enough for the task, bringing swing, power and panache to the band’s sound. Stefan Dickers is a wonderful bassist and a very good chap. This line-up is built to last, and the band are now rehearsing diligently for a series of important gigs throughout 2014.