Photo by Roddy Bow

Ben Howard's new album Noonday Dream is here.

The British crooner and longtime Variance favorite released his new LP on Friday. It's out across digital platforms via Republic/Island Records, and while its arrival date is no doubt the result of artist and label planning, it also comes as there is increased uneasiness and tension around much of the world.

In the midst of dark times, Howard's latest 10-track effort is a beacon of light, an immersive escape, perhaps reflective of the singer's experience creating the new record.

Noonday Dream was recorded over the course of two years in various studios across Europe as well as in southwest France. It comes four years after his last album, I Forget Where We Were, which was among Variance's Best Albums of 2014.

The new record includes previously released tracks "A Boat to an Island on the Wall," "Towing the Line" and "Murmurations." In addition to the new music, Howard is also heading out on tour. 

Hear the album below, followed by Ben Howard's current tour schedule.

Ben Howard's tour dates:
06/01 — Cologne, Germany — E-Wek *
06/03 — Oslo, Norway — Sentrum Scene *
06/04 — Stockholm, Sweden — Cirkus *
06/06 — Berlin, Germany — Admiralpalast *
06/08 — Warsaw, Poland — Stodola *
06/09 — Prague, Czech Republic — Divadlo Archa *
06/11 — Paris, France — Salle Pleyel *
06/13-14 — London, UK — Hammersmith Apollo *
06/28 — Edinburgh, IL — Playhouse *
06/29 — Manchester, UK — Albert Hall *
06/30 — Cornwall, UK — The Eden Sessions *
07/03 — Lyon, France — Theatres Romains de Fouviere *
07/04 — Gardone Riviera, Italy — Anfiteatro del Vittoriale *
07/06 — Wertcher, Belgium — Rock Wertcher *
07/07 — Amsterdam, Netherlands — AFAS *
07/08 — Luxembourg, Germany — Rockhal *
07/13 — Madrid, Spain — Mad Cool Festival *
07/14 — Barcelona, Spain — Cruilla Festival *
07/22 — Byron Bay, Australia — Splendour In The Grass *
09/01 — Stradbally, Ireland — Electric Picnic *
09/08-09 — Berlin, Germany — Lollapalooza Berlin *
09/20 — Burnaby, BC — Deer Lake Park
09/21 — Seattle, WA — Paramount Theatre
09/22 — Troutdale, OR — Edgefield
09/26 — San Diego, CA — Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
09/27 — Los Angeles, CA — Shrine Auditorium
09/28 — Berkeley, CA — Greek Theatre
10/01 — Morrison, CO — Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/02 — Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theater
10/03 — Chicago, IL — Aragon Ballroom
10/05 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
10/06 — Montreal, QC — Bell Centre
10/07 — Boston, MA — Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
10/09 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore
10/11 — Washington, DC — Anthem
10/12 — New York, NY — Hammerstein Ballroom

* sold out date

 

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