(Credit: Tim Burgess)

Tim Burgess is working on a new solo album

The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has revealed that he is currently working on solo material and hopes to release a new album of material this year.

Burgess, who, over the past 12 months has been keeping busy with his extremely popular listening party series, has knuckled down during the coronavirus pandemic and focused a period of lockdown into developing new music.

While it was only a year ago that Burgess released his last full-length solo LP in the shape of ‘I Love The New Sky’, which was quickly followed by a new EP in November, Burgess is back with yet more big plans.

Burgess, speaking while on the Rockonteurs podcast, revealed: “I’ve been at Rockfield in Wales, all wearing masks and that. I’m doing a solo record. I’m with two others, they’re both engineers and producers. One is more electronic and the other one plays drums, it’s a nice combination.”

He added: “I’ve got quite a lot of songs. I do them all on voice memos really, on my phone. Sometimes I’ll use a drum beat from a YouTube tutorial just to keep me in time. I just write at home and try and do it every day and see what comes out really.”

Despite throwing a lot of his time and effort into his new projects, Burgess was quick to calm any fears that his solo material would spell the end The Charlatans, adding: “The Charlatans is a completely different thing,” he said.

“We all get together and bring things, unfinished things, together and see if it kind of works. With my stuff I write the songs, and then try and work out the best way for people to be able to listen to them.”

Burgess continued: “The band will meet very quickly, as soon as lockdown is over. I think we’ve always tried to be open with what The Charlatans can sound like, what would be amazing would be to all find out together; the audience to find out what kind of sound we’re going to make, the band to find out what kind of sound we’re going to make. We don’t know and that’s the good thing.”

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