[Cover photo credit to Derek Hudson]
Keane co-founder and frontman Tom Chaplin has released his third solo album, Midpoint, available now via BMG at all DSPs and streaming services. Produced by Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, Tom Jones, Laura Marling), previous singles include title track and video, “Midpoint“. Chaplin and his band will mark the arrival with a series of UK headline dates beginning this October.
Chaplin will also celebrate the album with a special “Live to Vinyl with Mastercard” virtual recording session, to be livestreamed direct from London’s Metropolis Studios on Monday, September 12 at 20:00 BST. The event, which is available exclusively for Mastercard cardholders, will feature a virtual recording experience and intimate performance, along with a behind-the-scenes tour of Metropolis Studios. After the recording Chaplin will answer questions submitted via a virtual fan Q&A chat. Following the virtual experience, an exclusive limited-edition live recording 10” vinyl will be printed and shipped direct to fans.
As a solo singer-songwriter, Chaplin’s 2016 debut, The Wave was followed a year later by Twelve Tales of Christmas, a holiday collection featuring eight Chaplin originals alongside covers of festive standards. Chaplin’s new collection contains “songs of reflection and imagination”. Midpoint first came to life after the pandemic put a halt to Keane’s hugely anticipated North American tour supporting 2019’s Cause and Effect, their first new album after a seven year hiatus.
Tom Chaplin explains:
There’s a space for something that’s nuanced, that explores a part of life that everyone goes through. There are really interesting feelings and questions and emotions. If I can get some of that across, and it can resonate with something people are feeling in their lives – well, I’d be more than happy with that.