It's a new version of 'Kindling (Fickle Flame)'...

elbow have announced plans for a collaboration with John Grant.

The Bury group returned with new album 'Little Fictions' earlier this year, a warm series of tracks that seem to envelope you at every turn.

Album highlight 'Kindling (Fickle Flame)' has now been re-recorded, with Iceland based songwriter John Grant working alongside the band.

Guy Garvey explains: "We are always looking for ways to lead new ears to our records and the idea of duetting with John on the track came from a dressing room conversation in Cork. I felt that there was space in the song between the original vocals for a sympathetic voice and a romantic close harmony. John was the first person that came to mind for us when we thought about who could do that."

The singer continues: "The last guest on an elbow record was Richard Hawley on ‘The Fix’ which is a Matthau / Lemmon style comedic caper. I felt I could write friendship into a romantic song and as John is both a good friend and a true romantic it worked perfectly. We like to think the listener can feel the beards nuzzling on either side of their neck."

John Grant recently flew in to London to perform at a special Scott Walker tribute show, recording his guest vocals during this trip to the capital. He comments:

"Singing with Guy is humiliating and disheartening because he is perfect and sounds like he's vomiting velvet out of his mouth, but maybe I'll learn something and besides, I like being around those guys."

‘Kindling (Fickle Flame)’ will be released on September 4th. Catch elbow at the following shows:

2 Glasgow The SSE Hydro
3 Birmingham Genting Arena
4 Manchester Arena
6 Leeds First Direct Arena
7 London The O2

For tickets to the latest elbow shows click HERE.

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