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Astro Tough
Heavenly Recordings
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October 1, 2021


Press Release

David Wrench and Evangeline Ling – aka audiobooks – are pleased to announce details of their second full length album, “Astro Tough”, due for release 1 October 2021 via Heavenly Recordings.

Based on a childhood memory infused with ambiguity and open to interpretation, ‘The Doll’ is a bereavement curve set to music and deals with the stages of grief from loss and denial to acceptance. The accompanying video depicts a child exploring typically crowded spaces left empty during the pandemic in South London and Kent.

“I had the idea for The Doll video while out for a walk,” Wrench explains. “I was watching a child walk confidently, checking their surroundings, taking it all in. I started to recall how the world used to look as a child. I was lucky to grow up in the countryside and to be able to walk alone in nature. My father was a sportsman (he won a Commonwealth medal for Wales for Weightlifting) and a PE teacher, so I used to go with him and spend time in empty sports venues. There is a special atmosphere to places built for crowds when they are empty. It struck me that a video based on a child exploring these empty spaces and finding something that had been lost would make a really fitting film for our track The Doll.”

audiobooks threw absolutely everything at their 2018 debut album, Now! (in a minute), a hectic, head-spinning blast of freewheeling freak-pop genius. On its follow-up, Astro Tough, due for release 1 October 2021 via Heavenly Recordings, they’ve somehow found a way to ramp things up even further, concentrating their chaotic energy and inherent weirdness into a record that’s bigger, deeper and more powerful than even its predecessor.

Track List

1 The Doll
2 LaLaLa It’s The Good Life
3 The English Manipulator
4 He Called Me Bambi
5 Blue Tits
7 First Move
8 Driven By Beef
9 Trouble In Business Class
10 Black Lipstick
11 Farmer


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