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Thur 18th May 2023

Whelan’s Main Venue

After their recent return with the single ‘Rivers In The Light’, Tide Lines can now announce that their new album ‘An Ocean Full Of Islands’ will be released on February 24th – pre-order HERE. The album is the follow-up to the successful DIY release ‘Eye of the Storm’, which entered the charts at #12 in 2020 and only missed the Top 10 by a handful of sales.

Tide Lines launch the album alongside its brand new single ‘Written In the Scars’. Today they also reveal details of a major UK tour set for March 2023, which will see them play some of their biggest headline shows to date including Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and London’s Electric Ballroom.

Collectively, ‘An Ocean Full Of Islands’ is equally informed by the towering melodic peaks and rousing choruses of rock as it is by the band’s folk heart, with further colour provided with flashes of alt-pop production. Those three elements converge to create a synthesis of three sounds that are rarely unified. And in Robert Robertson, the band possesses a frontman whose voice prospers in whatever context they explore, his rich tone able to reach soaring, soulful highs.

He says, “‘An Ocean Full Of Islands’ is bigger in terms of the sound. Every track, as I sat down to write it, I thought: I really want this to be the next single. There are still highs and lows – but there are a lot more highs!”

What Tide Lines gained in dramatic scale didn’t compromise the intimacy and honesty of Robertson’s lyrics. The new single ‘Written In The Scars’ shows how his voice truly conveys the meaning of his words. Life charges relentlessly forwards, and you rarely have the time to see how your experiences influence who you are. But just like a long forgotten scar, the impact of those moments may fade but they never fully disappear.

He adds, “‘Written in the Scars’ is a song about the passage of time. Life seems to run at a faster pace than ever before and time flies too quickly as a consequence. The song points out that we seldom find a chance in today’s world to lose ourselves in any particular moment.”

The process of making ‘An Ocean Full Of Islands’ saw Tide Lines retreat to their recently purchased recording and rehearsal space in a Baptist church on the Isle of Mull, with keyboardist Ross Wilson again leading the production. Throughout the winter of 2021 and the following spring, the band – completed by Alasdair Turner (guitar, pipes) and Fergus Munro (drums) – became immersed within the solitude of their location to create a set of songs which can take them across the globe.

‘An Ocean Full Of Islands’ is available to pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the album on CD or vinyl HERE by 4pm on Tuesday, October 4th will receive access to a presale for tickets for the band’s 2023 headline tour. The pre-sale will open at 10am on Wednesday, October 5th and will remain live until remaining tickets go on general sale HERE from 10am on Friday, October 7th.

Recently, Tide Lines completed the National Lottery’s Revive Live Tour of England in association with the Music Venue Trust, while other summer highlights have included Doune The Rabbit Hole, the Belladrum Festival, and an Edinburgh Castle show with Deacon Blue. They are currently on an extensive sold-out Town Hall Tour of Scotland, which calls at grassroots locations rarely visited by touring bands.


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