Toby Coulson

Ben Howard is back today with new music, which comes at the start of a hopeful new chapter—and word of a new album coming soon.

The singer today released his shiny new single "Couldn't Make It Up," the first from his new album Is It?, which is coming June 16. It's his first since experience two mini strokes last year, and it finds Howard at the start of a journey of introspection and discovery mixed with confusion and uncertainty.

“I found it impossible not to dwell on the absurdity of it, that with one tiny clot, one can lose all faculties," says Howard. "It really ate into the writing of the record.”

After a month of inconclusive medical tests, Howard and his band went to Le Manoir de Léon, where they worked on the singer's past album Noonday Dream. 

“We went in and put down ten songs in ten days,” he says. “We worked through the heatwave, the air conditioning broke, after what had happened I was so tired in the afternoons that I slept a lot. We just played solidly and slept, there was no time for retrospection.”

Hear "Couldn't Make It Up" below.