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Underworld's Karl Hyde announces solo album 'Edgeland', single - listen

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Karl Hyde of Underworld

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Karl Hyde has announced details of his debut solo album Edgeland.

The Underworld frontman had teased a track 'Cut Clouds' earlier this month and has now made the full song available on YouTube. Edgeland is released on April 22.

"For over twenty years, my love of cityscapes has grown and grown" said Hyde.

"The beauty of decay, tyre marks, crude graffiti, industrial noise, overheard conversations, epidemics of coffee bars and nights on the back seat being driven through cities by drivers who never sleep.

"A celebration of people's idiosyncrasies, mapping out my journeys with the stories they tell, edgelands where city meets scrub, where ragged ponies grazed annexed fields and the air smells chemical."

The full tracklisting of Edgelands is as follows:

1. 'The Night Slips Us Smiling Underneath Its Dress'
2. 'Your Perfume Was The Best Thing'
3. 'Angel Café'
4. 'Cut Clouds'
5. 'The Boy With The Jigsaw Puzzle Fingers'
6. 'Slummin' It For The Weekend'
7. 'Shoulda Been A Painter'
8. 'Shadow Boy'
9. 'Sleepless'

Listen to the first track from the album 'Cut Clouds' below:



The nine-track album was recorded over the last year with producer Leo Abrahams. The pair had previously collaborated on the Brian Eno-led Pure Scenius project

Hyde is currently rehearsing with a new band for a series of live shows, debuting at Tokyo's SonarSound on April 7.

Speaking to Digital Spy in December 2010 about the future of Underworld, Hyde said: "There's no reason for us to stop making music together as long as we're still excited about the outcome."

Underworld's last studio album was that year's Barking.

The band were also the musical directors for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony, which was directed by their frequent collaborator Danny Boyle.

'Caliban's Dream' from the Isles of Wonder soundtrack reached number 12 in the UK singles charts. Both 'Caliban's Dream' and 'And I Will Kiss' were written by Hyde's bandmate Rick Smith.

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