Megan Gordon • 2 August 2012

British singer songwriter Eugene McGuinness’ slick new retro quiff (see above) is indicative of more than just a hair-do update… His music too has taken on a sleeker vibe. His new album ‘The Invitation To The Voyage’ is a soul’n’synth soaked sonic journey back to the 80s.

Get on-board below and stream his new album with this Australian Exclusive. You’re officially invited.

Oh and here’s a track by track run down by the man himself. Stream the above, while you read the below. Perfect.

I thought it was quite an obvious opener. The record is mostly set around the city at night. The synths, brass and disco beat, it’s a ‘get in the car’ sort of tune.

It’s a pop song, lots of frankie valli was being listened too. Pinched some things from ‘Whats the Difference’ by Dr Dre. I wanted the album to be my vision of a modern pop record, this song sums up where i’m at currently.

Lion was the first thing we recorded. All these songs were written really quickly, but this one felt like it came out faster than i could sing it. Sort of sounds that way to. I love it.

there’s more space on this album than other things i’ve done, that’s a route i want to go down in the future i think. here i nicked a bit from neu but the song itself is strange cause there’s no real chorus. it’s like a hymn.

This was just me dicking around in the studio with that sample. I never thought it would see the light of day. Let alone be a single. But i adore it for that reason, it helped me steer the whole album sonically.

Concrete Moon
Its a very ‘London’ song, think i wrote it on new years day at the piano. I cant really play the piano. When I do, i write things like this.

Like lion, this was written dead fast. There are songs like ‘sister ray’ by velvet underground and ‘sweepstakes’ by gorrilaz, that just bend my head. I wanted to take thunderbolt as far as it could go, until all my ramblings were drowning in the noise.

Invitation To The Voyage
This song and the next one are the ‘song’ songs. They don’t go to outer space, they’re more grounded, in my head at least. ‘song’ songs are the one’s I imagine I’ll still sing when I’m older and learned to play the piano. All classy in a smokey lounge.

This was written years ago and I never got round to recording it. Quite roy orbison. Get on the middle eight for some drama.

Japanese Cars
This album ends with a car chase. Straight from the off i wanted to make quite a dancey record, but the songwriting is always in what i do and sometimes you just end up inventing mad stories. Like this one.

Eugene McGuinness ‘The Invitation To The Voyage’ is out via Domino this Friday August 3rd. Pre-order now on iTunes here.