Karl Wallinger’s got big plans for 2019, with a new World Party studio album — the band’s first in 19 years — planned for release along with reissues of the group’s full catalog on vinyl for the first time throughout the year, beginning with 1986 debut Private Revolution.
No details have yet been announced about the album, which will be World Party’s first since 2000’s Dumbing Up. Plans for the record were announced in a news release about the upcoming vinyl reissues, and a new highly political video for “Ship of Fools” — which you can see below — that was made to accompany news of the upcoming re-releases.
But Wallinger did tell Billboard that he’s in “the very early stages” of recording the new album in a studio on the English seaside, and that it should be released in the spring. He says he’s mostly working by himself, though he expects to bring in additional musicians as needed.
Wallinger tells Billboard: “It’s really taken this long to feel like (a new album) is the right thing to do. I’ll know more in about two months, I think, about what it’s going to be.” He’s also planning to take a full band out on tour beginning in the spring: “This is our first sort of comeback, if that’s what you want to call it. But we’ve been keeping the activity going, playing to people who want to come see us. Now we want to make new friends again.”
No release dates or other details have been announced for the vinyl reissues; according to the news release, the new edition of Private Revolution will be followed by reissues of 1990’s Goodbye Jumbo, 1993’s Bang!, 1997’s Egyptology and 2000’s Dumbing Up.
In 2012, Wallinger released a five-disc World Party box set called Arkeology that included 70 previously unreleased tracks, including new songs finished as recently as 2011 plus an “unheard history of rare studio gems, live sessions, concert recordings, radio interviews, covers, demos and B-sides.”
And in May of this year, Wallinger shared an early demo of of the band’s 1985 debut single “Ship of Fools,” a sparse composition with different lyrics — most notably the chorus “Sail me all around tomorrow” instead of the familiar refrain of “Save me from tomorrow.”
Below, check out that new music video for “Ship of Fools.”
PREVIOUSLY ON SLICING UP EYEBALLS
- Listen: Karl Wallinger shares early demo of World Party’s classic single ‘Ship of Fools’
- Video: World Party, ‘Everybody’s Falling in Love’ — new track off ‘Arkeology’ box set
- Video: World Party’s Karl Wallinger plays Record Store Day in-store at Fingerprints
- Stream: World Party, ‘Words’ — one of 70 unreleased tracks on ‘Arkeology’ box set