Following the release of new album Familia, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has announced she will release new single Crystallise on 28th October, via EBGB’s/Red Essential. She has also announced a UK 2017 tour.

Familia, which was released last week charting at #12, is Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s sixth studio album and follows her #4 charting and silver certified album Wanderlust, which marked a critically acclaimed change in musical direction for Sophie. Following suit with her last record, Familia was also co-written, produced and arranged by acclaimed singer-songwriter and good friend Ed Harcourt and was recorded in London with a close-knit group of musician friends.

Discussing her new album as “the bolshier, more extrovert little sister to Wanderlust”, Familia was introduced by the Radio 2 A-List track Come With Us, which is an instant disco-pop anthem. Second single Crystallise offers a different glimpse into Familia and is a romantic track that opens with a soft tempo before building into an impactful string laden, emotive chorus. Sophie says;

“Everyone has the potential to fall in love and Crystallise is about how easy it is to realise it if you let yourself. The ability to love has been there since the day you were born.”

Familia features 11-tracks, which continue to showcase Sophie’s newfound lyrical and musical maturity, from the beautiful and emotive Unrequited to the synth-laded ballad Death Of Love and the alt-pop buoyant opener Wild Forever. The full tracklisting is as follows:

1. Wild Forever
2. Death Of Love
3. Crystallise
4. Hush Little Voices
5. Here Comes The Rapture
6. Come With Us
7. Cassandra
8. My Puppet Heart
9. Unrequited
10. The Saddest Happiness
11. Don’t Shy Away

After a busy live circuit around Wanderlust with packed out festival performances and sold out headline tours, which garnered a host of rave live reviews, Sophie launched Familia with a one-off intimate London show at Bush Hall last week. She has now announced a UK tour in February and March 2017, kicking off in Norwich on 16th February and culminating at London’s Koko on 1st March. Full dates are below:

February 2017:
Thurs 16th Norwich Waterfront
Fri 17th Birmingham O2 Institute 2
Sat 18th Gateshead The Sage
Mon 20th Edinburgh Queen’s Hall
Tues 21st Inverness Ironworks
Thurs 23rd Manchester Gorilla
Fri 24th Holmfirth Picture House
Sat 25th Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms
Mon 27th Brighton Concorde 2
Tues 28th Bristol Trinity

March 2017
Wed 1st London Koko