THE GETAWAY EP
(Original Signal, 11/3/2009)
(Original Signal, 2/2/2010)
Awash with gorgeous melodies, the best thing they've ever done. NME
Strong results... from the rueful to the thunderous. A band reborn. - Q Magazine
Athlete is now set to return with their finest work to date, Black Swan, which will be released early next year on Original Signal Recordings in the U.S. In advance of the release of Black Swan, Athlete will release their first single The Getaway as a digital EP on November 3rd. On the same day, the band will arrive in New York for a special one off U.S. performance to preview the album live at the Bowery Ballroom, Nov. 3.
Black Swan is a musical summary of everything Athlete have been through; the good, the bad and the ugly. But although its songs burn with literate emotion, this certainly isn't a downbeat record. In fact, the album begins with the hurtling FM rush of the glorious track, Superhuman Touch, which catapults the album to life with the opening line, "I'm on fire and nothing's gonna hold me back.
Produced by the esteemed Tom Rothrock (Foo Fighters, Elliot Smith, Elbow, Beck), Black Swan positively glows with snagging melodies, rich musicality and the bands heartfelt tales. These songs together make Black Swan the strongest album Athlete have ever recorded.
After everything weve been through in the last couple of years, it feels like were starting again with this record, says lead singer Joel Pott. We made it without any pressure and without really having anything to lose. Thats exactly how it felt when we first got together. In a lot of ways, Black Swan is like our second debut album. Thats a pretty exciting feeling.