Having taken a hiatus following 2010's tenth album Postcards From A Young Man, the Manic Street Preachers recently revealed they'd been working on two distinct albums simultaneously; one "more acoustic and gentle in nature" and the other "more spiky with lots and lots of guitars". If the near-seven minute Richard Hawley duet, Rewind The Film - the first taster from the album of the same name, but not the first single - is anything to go by then they've gone with the acoustic one first. Opening with delicately plucked guitar and the distant cry of violins, it's a Richard Hawley song in all but name until the three minute mark, Hawley's deep and rich croon telling a tale of wanting to return to a place that feels safe: "I want to feel small, lying in my mother's arms, playing my old records, hoping that they'll never stop". As the strings start to stir the song shifts, Hawley's Hawaiian guitar kicking in and James Dean Bradfield's passionate vocal taking the song on a different journey before it relaxes back into the lovely chorus, Hawley pleading, "rewind the film again, I'd love to see my joy, my friends". Shot in the South Wales valleys, the video cements the songs sweeping sense of nostalgia as it follows an elderly man around a dilapidated village, before he and the locals enjoy a cheery game of Bingo.
The album features Lucy Rose and Cate Le Bon.
The first single, Show Me The Wonder, is out on 9 September. Rewind The Film, the album, is out on 16 September. View and listen to the title track below.