For those of us who remember Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen by the Colonel (right), it’s been a long wait for Colin Moulding‘s second solo single – and the first under his own name. Scheduled for release on Friday 25 June, The Hardest Battle is being released as a CD single in a four-panel digisleeve.
Not too much is known about it yet, except it’ll come with an “exploratory demo” version of the same song, plus the original version of Say It.
The XTC stalwart has produced the single with Stuart Rowe, who also mixed it. All the instruments are played by Colin with the exception of some piano on Say It by Jon Buckett.
Andrew Swainson, who was a guest on What Do You Call That Noise? The XTC Podcast last year, designed the artwork from a concept by Colin. It was recorded, apparently, “within the sound of Christ Church bells”.
This is Colin’s first new song since Great Aspirations, the 2017 TC&I EP. Read my excitable review here. TC&I also released the live CD Naked Flames in 2019.
You can order The Hardest Battle now from Burning Shed