Ziggy Alberts Branches Out on 'Laps Around the Sun': Album Premiere

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Fans of Australia's Ziggy Alberts will definitely acknowledge the sound of his upcoming fifth studio album, Laps Around the Sun. But Alberts tried a couple of various things on the 10-song set, premiering solely under, which he hopes they'll discover.

"This is the primary time I checked out a complete catalog of songs and picked ones I felt instructed a narrative," Alberts tells Billboard. "I didn't wish to restrict myself to folks music. This album attracts on totally different genres; It's primarily singer-songwriter, however I pushed my songwriting so laborious." And whereas Alberts' acoustic guitar remains to be the principle give attention to Laps Around the Sun, which comes out Nov. 9, he additionally introduced piano into the combination for tracks reminiscent of "Best Friend" and "three Degrees South," and banjo on "Worn Out" and "Yu (a Song for Koda)." "I needed to do what suited the music, what was proper for the songs," Alberts says. "It felt like the identical manner as if you're recording along with your guitar as your predominant instrument for the primary time, that very same feeling of, 'This isn't my finest craft or my finest work, however I'm giving it an actual swing...'"

As far as Laps Around the Sun's lyrics, Alberts says that, "It's a narrative of transferring by way of one relationship into the opposite, about discovery and assembly the appropriate particular person. That's the sentiment of a whole lot of the songs. It's about doing that internally, having a wholesome inside dialog."

Alberts admits that bringing a few of these new sounds into the world is "nerve-wracking for me," and he definitely understands the dynamics of testing an viewers he's constructed over the course of his first 4 albums. "People get hooked up to someone's first work, and it's laborious for them to step away from that," he explains. "You at all times surprise if folks will turn out to be hooked up to this new work, too. That's the query that can be forefront for the following months because the album will get launched and I prepare for a world tour."

That trek stars throughout December and can run deep into 2019, with Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South Africa and South America on faucet. He'll even be returning to North America, the place he toured for the primary time earlier this yr. And Alberts estimates that he additionally has "most likely two albums' price of stuff that's unreleased," so he has greater than a head begin on no matter will comply with Laps Around the Sun.

"Basically I simply write and write and I hold (the songs) in locations they will't get misplaced," Alberts says. "There could also be EPs or singles. I've them, and each time it's time to launch them I'll. I'm fairly affected person with all that. As lengthy as I'm writing and the songs hold coming, I'm completely satisfied."