Exciting news for fans of soaring voices: Andrew Montgomery, formerly lead singer of Geneva has recorded a solo album, Ruled by Dreams, to be released in October.
Featuring Richard Oakes (Suede) on guitar, and vocals from Röyksopp & Schiller collaborator Kate Havnevik, Ruled by Dreams also includes contributions from Ben Ellis of Catherine Wheel and Jody Gadsden & Simon Neilson of Autoheart. The album is produced by Sean McGhee, who is one half of Artmagic with Oakes, and whose production, singing and writing credits include Robyn, Alanis Morrissette, Imogen Heap and Alison Moyet.
Two tracks from the album are available from Montgomery’s Soundcloud page. The first, After the Storm is a beautiful New Orleans funeral-march, while I Sing the Body Electric rides delicate piano trails, with slide guitar and hushed backing vocals. Both, naturally, showcase Montgomery’s still-entrancing vocals:
You can also watch the official video for After the Storm:
After Geneva failed to make their anticipated breakthrough with debut album Further, and despite Top 40 placings for the four singles from the album (No-one Speaks, Into the Blue, Tranquilizer, Best Regrets), their second album Weather Underground turned out to be their last, the band splitting up in 2000.
Since then we’ve heard very little from Montgomery, but on the strength of After the Storm and I Sing the Body Electric, Ruled by Dreams is set to be a more than welcome return.
An album launch gig takes place on 6th October 2014 at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London (you can buy tickets from billeto.co.uk), with more live dates to follow.