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This product is a Pre Order and is scheduled to be released 6th September 2024

This product is available on preorder with a limited discounted price.

The The - Ensoulment


This product is available on pre order with a limited discounted price.

The first studio album in 24 years from the storied Soul Miners themselves!
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THE THE’s first studio album of new songs in a quarter-century! The 12 songs on Ensoulment encompasses characteristic topics ranging from love & sex, war & politics, life & death; to the meaning of what it is to be human in the 21st century.

Singer-songwriter Matt Johnson is joined by long-standing THE THE members James Eller (bass), DC Collard (keyboards), Earl Harvin (drums), and Barrie Cadogan (lead guitar).

The album also marks the return of co-producer and engineer Warne Livesey, who previously worked on landmark THE THE albums Infected (1986) and Mind Bomb (1989).

Additional performances include Gillian Glover (backing vocals), Terry Edwards (horns), Sonya Cullingford (fiddle) and Danny Cummings (percussion).

The The helped a generation of post-punks reclaim the political urgency of their spikyhaired forebears—albeit with a musical curiosity that took them into dark pop and darker country. Founded in the UK in 1979, The The is the project of singer/songwriter Matt Johnson, the sole constant member. After releasing their first single, "Controversial Subject," in 1980, they made a splash with 1983's Soul Mining, spearheaded by the deceptively bubbly "This Is the Day." The politically gimlet-eyed Infected came out in 1986, followed by the dark-hearted Mind Bomb on which Johnson was joined by guitarist Johnny Marr, who stuck around for 1993's elegiac Dusk. On 1995's Hanky Panky, Johnson brought his existential blues to country music. The band briefly returned for 2000's NakedSelf, before Johnson retreated from public life. The The returned in 2018 with a series of performances, released in 2021 as the live aloum, The Comeback Special.

Edition Info

Limited Indie version is pressed on clear vinyl.
Both LP formats are housed in a gatefold sleeve.
All LP and CD versions come with a 32 page, appropriately-sized inner booklet.


1. Cognitive Dissident
2. Some Days I Drink My Coffee By The Grave Of William Blake
3. Zen & The Art Of Dating
4. Kissing The Ring Of POTUS
5. Life After Life
6. I Want To Wake Up With You
7. Down By The Frozen River
8. Risin’ Above The Need
9. Linoleum Smooth To The Stockinged Foot
10. Where Do We Go When We Die?
11. I Hope You Remember (The Things I can’t forget)
12. A Rainy Day In May

Scheduled: 6 September 2024

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