Blue Nile frontman, Paul Buchanan, will release his already acclaimed solo debut full-length, Mid Air, in the U.S. on October 30 via Essential Music. The U.S. edition will contain a bonus disc of alternate takes, a live recording and remixes from fellow Blue Nile member, Robert Bell. Buchanan released Mid Air in Europe this May, garnering tremendous praise in publications such as Mojo, Uncut, Q, The London Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent, while debuting at #14 on the UK sales chart.
A sparse, intimate and stunning collection of songs, Buchanan largely abandoned the synthesizers that have marked the Blue Nile’s sound throughout their four full-lengths, since their debut in 1983, putting his rich yet bruised voice, front and center, accompanied solely by piano and the occasional light strings, brass or whispered synth. The result is a stark, gorgeous album that draws comparison to Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits or Antony. Mid Air was written from a place of humility and wee-small-hours contemplation.