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The Fluffy Jackets' Announces Free New Album

Bergen, Norway – April 15, 2024 – The Fluffy Jackets are back onto the scene with a highly anticipated new album "The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter." The new record features an international cast of musicians and is available free of charge from The Fluffy Jackets' new online store.

The Fluffy Jackets - Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter (2024)
"The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter" will be released on the 17th of May 2024. The album is made available free of charge from the band's online store shop.fluffyjackets.co.uk. The album cover was painted by The Fluffy Jackets frontman Helge Rognstad, adding another layer of creativity to the project.

The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter" features an international collaboration by musicians from various corners of the globe. Helge Rognstad is fronting The Fluffy Jackets as chief songwriter, guitarist and vocalist. LA-based guitarist Matt Bradford contributes his distinct fuzz-infused lap steel work to the tracks "The Well Is Dry" and "I Think Too Much." Scottish guitar virtuoso Liam Creedon adds his talents to the heartfelt ballad "Now That She Is Gone." Vocalist Leif Knashaug from Norwegian rockers The Halloween Project provides duet vocals on the haunting tribute to Manny Charlton (Nazareth) in "Ship Of Dreams." The songs are backed by a formidable rhythm section featuring Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore) on bass and Matija Bajtal (Croatian drum sensation) on percussion.

"The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter" marks a major milestone in The Fluffy Jackets' 18-year career, as Helge Rognstad has stepped into the producer role, following in the footsteps of legendary producer Manny Charlton (Nazareth) who helmed the band's first two albums.

Helge Rognstad / The Fluffy Jackets
Rognstad reflects, "I've been fortunate to work with top engineers and producers like Matt Ross Spang and Manny Charlton, picking up mixing tricks and songwriting tips along the way. I've aimed to apply those lessons to this record. While it's satisfying to take control and produce this first album in The Fluffy Jackets Sound Studio, I've learned when to seek outside help when required. I am glad that I had the foresight to enlist Shane Shanahan at Westpoint Studios to help out with the vocal production. That was a game-changer".

Westpoint Studios (London): owner and engineer Shane Shanahan (image can be used if the following credit is displayed: "Image provided by courtesy from The Fluffy Jackets" (2024)Vocal overdubs were recorded at Westpoint Studios, Acton (London, UK) under the expert guidance of engineer Shane Shanahan (pictured).

Building upon the previous albums "Fighting Demons" (2014) and "Something From Nothing" (2019), the new material from The Fluffy Jackets also represents significant songwriting growth and evolution. The nostalgic opener "Waterloo Bridge" evokes the pop-sensibilities reminiscent of early material from The Kinks, while ballads like "Now That She Is Gone" and "Red Sky" takes listeners on a poignant journey through themes of loss and longing. Fans of the band's signature blues rock sound will also find plenty to love here with songs such as "When The Telephone Rings" and "The Well Is Dry", delivering the type of gritty blues that The Fluffy Jackets are known for.

Track listing:
1. Waterloo Bridge
2. Red Sky
3. Goodbye
4. Now That She Is Gone (feat. Liam Creedon)
5. When The Telephone Rings
6. The Well Is Dry (feat. Matt Bradford)
7. I Think Too Much (feat. Matt Bradford)
8. Black Magic And Bad Choices
9. Ship Of Dreams (feat. The Halloween Project)

Waterloo Bridge: YouTube Video Premiere

The Fluffy Jackets' music video for Waterloo Bridge will premiere at 09:00h GMT on the 17th May 2024 on The Fluffy Jackets Official YouTube Artist Channel, coinciding with the album release. It is the band's first music video to be filmed in 4K high resolution. The video was professionally shot by videographer Sasha at Splento, the video production company in London UK.

Available free of charge from the new online shop
Together with the new album release, The Fluffy Jackets are also launching a brand new website, complete with an online store where fans can order exclusive collectibles, T-shirts, hats, limited-edition CDs, and more. As a special treat, the band is offering "The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter" as a free download from The Fluffy Jackets' official store https://shop.fluffyjackets.co.uk/. The album can also be pre-ordered at iTunes from the 1st of May 2024, and will arrive on Spotify, YouTube and all online streaming sites on May 17, 2024.

Instructions: How to download your copy free of charge:
Simply head over to The Fluffy Jackets online store https://shop.fluffyjackets.co.uk/ and click on "Downloads" located under the "Shop" menu. Add The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter to your checkout cart. When you go to the checkout, you will see that the album has been added for 0 amount / free of charge. When you complete the checkout process by entering your email details, the album is instantly available for download. Simple as that!

The single "The Well Is Dry" was first released on the 15th of April 2024 on the The Fluffy Jackets Official YouTube Artist Channel. Viewers are granted an intimate - but short - glimpse into the creative process. The video is bare except a surprise inclusion in the middle, where viewers can get a glimpse of Los Angeles-based lap steel specialist Matt Bradford recording the fuzz-infused guitar solo.

The lyric video for "Goodbye" is available on The Fluffy Jackets Official YouTube channel. It was their mentor Manny Charlton (Nazareth)who suggested that The Fluffy Jackets should include "Goodbye" in their upcoming album, even recording a rudimentary demo of the track in his studio prior to his passing in 2022. It became the first single to be released from the album earlier this year on the 19th of January 2024.

Matt Bradford The Fluffy Jackets Lap Steel
LA-based guitarist Matt Bradford contributes his distinct fuzz-infused lap steel work to the tracks "The Well Is Dry" and "I Think Too Much."

Liam Creedon
Scottish guitar virtuoso Liam Creedon adds his talents to the heartfelt ballad "Now That She Is Gone."

Leif Knashaug and Helge Rognstad / The Halloween Project, The Fluffy Jackets 2021
Vocalist Leif Knashaug (pictured left) from Norwegian rockers The Halloween Project sings a duet with Helge Rognstad (pictured right) on the haunting tribute to Manny Charlton in "Ship Of Dreams".

Neil Murray / Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, The Fluffy Jackets
The songs are backed by a formidable rhythm section featuring Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Gary Moore) on bass.

Matija Bajtal / The Fluffy Jackets
Croatian percussion sensation Matija Bajtal plays drums on 'The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter'.

Helge Rognstad / The Fluffy Jackets / Award Winning Blues RockHelge Rognstad The Fluffy Jackets' chief songwriter, guitarist and vocalist comments "Not only is this our first fully self-produced album recorded at The Fluffy Jackets Sound Studio, but it also marks our first foray into direct distribution through our online music store, offering our music and associated merchandise directly to our fans. It has been quite a journey but very rewarding in the end".

The Fluffy Jackets Official YouTube Artist Channel

Band Bio
The Fluffy Jackets are energetic blues rockers who deliver a sound that draws from the early days of blues, Americana and classic bands like Bad Company. Formed in 2006 in London by guitarist/vocalist Helge Rognstad and drummer Ian Robinson, The Fluffy Jackets gained traction with live performances in central London for three years. Their debut EP was recorded in 2007 at Cowshed Studio (London, UK) with producer Teo Miller (Blur, Happy Mondays) and featuring Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath). Signing with Cargo Records in 2013, they recorded their first album at the legendary Sun Studio (Memphis, USA) with notable guests. "Fighting Demons" (2014) garnered critical acclaim, produced by Manny Charlton (Nazareth) and engineered by Matt Ross Spang (Jason Isbell, Rival Sons). Their sophomore album, "Something from Nothing" (2019), included a tribute to Glen Campbell. This came with a two-hour DVD; a documentary covering the band’s decade long existence. Collaborating with The Halloween Project (Norway) in 2021, they honored Manny Charlton's 80th birthday with Nazareth covers featuring special guests Ronni Le Tekrø (TNT) and Neil Murray (Whitesnake). Their new album 'The Rise And Fall Of The Songwriter' is released in 2024. More information is available at www.fluffyjackets.co.uk

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