Dexys Rethinks Masculinity For ‘The Feminine Divine’

[Cover photo credit to Sandra Vijandi]

English Pop-Rock band Dexys (formerly Dexys Midnight Runners) who are perhaps best known for their Brit Award-winning hit “Come On Eileen,” are returning in full swing with their first new record of original material in over a decade, The Feminine Divine, due July 28, 2023 via 100% Records.

To introduce the record, they recently shared its first two singles, I’m Going To Get Freeand The Feminine Divine.” They have now also shared the record’s third single, “Coming Home.” “Coming Home” is a song written in the early ‘90s with Big Jim Paterson, and is a “declaration” of frontman Kevin Rowland’s return to his “true self.” 

Speaking on the track, Rowland writes:

‘Coming Home’ is about rising up out of a slump. In the album narrative, the protagonist has passed through some very dark times but he is now enjoying positivity and peace. He’s embracing a new-found connectedness: to the universe, to other people, and to his true self.

The Feminine Divine is Dexys’ fifth album of original material, and is Produced once again by Pete Schwier, along with session musician and Producer Toby Chapman. After taking some time out to refocus his energy, Kevin Rowland came back to music with “a fresh perspective and new-found positivity.”

The record is a “personal, if not strictly autobiographical,” portrayal of a man whose views have evolved over time. This pertains to views on women, but also “the whole concept of masculinity” he had been raised with.

To support their new LP, Dexys recently announced a full UK and European tour for September / October. They’ve now added a special run of in-stores signings and performances where Kevin Rowland and Mike Timothy will perform tracks from the new album plus some old favourites.

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