Carl BarÃ¢t releases his eponymous debut solo album on 4th October via his own imprint Arcady Record.
The first single ‘Run With The Boys’ will be out the same day and he has written his first book ‘Threepenny Memoir’ published by Harper Collins on 30th September.
He will also be setting out on a UK and European tour with a five piece band.
Having released two albums with The Libertines and then a further two with Dirty Pretty Things, Carl was very keen to do his own record and do things his own way.
Recorded in London and mixed in New York, the result is a departure from Carl’s previous releases, but maintains his ear for melody.
The album allowed him to work with new people and try new musical ideas. The result is a very honest and heartfelt record, with upbeat tales of friendship and laments for lost love.
Opening track ‘The Magus’ has a magical music box feel to it, ‘Carve My Name’ is awash with strings and ‘So Long My Lover’ is uplifting and joyful, despite being about the end of a relationship.
Carl’s book ‘Threepenny Memoir’ is a collection of stories and reminisces from his life. Written in themed chapters, he talks of his love of London, his heroes, his adventures in theatreland and of course, the highs and lows of being in a band like The Libertines who really did turn everything upside down.
August sees Carl also play Reading and Leeds Festivals with the reformed Libertines, which is one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of the summer.
Single: ‘Run With The Boys’ 4th October
Album: ‘Carl Barat’ 4th October
Book: ‘Threepenny Memoir’ 30th September
UK tickets are on sale now priced Â£12.50, London Â£15.00