ORLANDO WEEKS releases critically adored new album “HOP UP” — Out Today
January 14, 2022
Orlando Weeks’ critically adored sophomore album ‘Hop Up’ is Out Now via Play It Again Sam/PIAS Recordings
Its singles; Big Skies Silly Faces, Deep Down Way Out, Look Who’s Talking Now & Bigger have made a phenomenal critical impact, including A-list support at BBC 6Music and garnering a wave of early acclaim for the album from the likes of Loud & Quiet, Rolling Stone & DIY who have collectively heralded Hop Up as Weeks’ best work to date, and the first critically celebrated album of 2022.
Following in the wake of his highly praised debut solo album ‘A Quickening’; Weeks’ once again leaned into themes of new life; but whereas his previous work catalogued the emotions, expectations and anxieties that accompany imminent parenthood, Hop Up is an altogether more joyous and life affirming statement.
Weeks comments “Hop Up definitely started with the idea of wanting to fill in some of the blanks I left with ‘A Quickening’,” he continues, “But quite quickly it turned into something broader. I was at a crossroads with my writing, the choice I made was to take the more positive and uplifting sounding step. Perhaps it shouldn’t have, but as an approach it felt surprisingly novel to me.”
Featuring inspiring contributions from Katy J Pearson, Willie J Healey and Ben Reed (Frank Ocean), the Bullion produced record is available across several different physical formats and streaming platforms here
Following a brief underplay tour last November of stripped back performances in uniquely modest venues; Orlando is set to embark on a full headline tour in March 2022, which includes a show at London’s iconic Barbican Centre.
NME’s five-star review of his EartH show back in 2020 noted a “beguiling show of restrained energy, a deeply felt performance… The singer has made music to hold someone close to, a live experience urging you to reach out and squeeze their hand.”
Remaining tickets for the tour, listed below, are available here
10th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
11th – Edinburgh, The Mash House
12th – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
15th – Birmingham, O2 Institute (ADDED DATE)
16th – Cambridge, Junction
17th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
19th – Brighton, Concorde 2 (ADDED DATE)
20th – London, The Barbican