Travis, the Scottish band that formed in 1990 and enjoyed a few acclaimed releases in the late ’90s (including 1997’s The Man Who) in addition to being a cited influence of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, returned on Friday with a new album, 10 Songs.
It’s the first new album from Travis since 2016’s Everything At Once, and was previewed in recent weeks with a handful of tracks.
One of them was “The Only Thing,” a collaboration with Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles. The music video for the track is very much exemplary of life in 2020:
Said Fran Healy of the music video, the result of some inspired creativity during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic:
“This is definitely my Covideo. One of the main prerequisites was to somehow get us all on the same stage and try to capture the spontaneity of a duet while the performers are in different locations. Leading up to the shoot, I would send Susanna a video of a great duet. Summer Wine, I Got You Babe, Islands In The Stream. I hired a small film crew and persuaded Glasgow’s Theatre Royal to open its doors to us. I directed the shoot remotely, via three phones. One in the DP’s ear, one FaceTime trained on the monitor and one iPhone with the band. There were so many moving parts. I’m amazed we got there and it turned out great.”
This collaboration happened, by the way, thanks to a chance exchange on Twitter. Said Hoffs:
“Fran and I met through a mutual appreciation on Twitter. The friendship grew from there. One day, he asked me to sing with him, and without hesitation, I burst out ‘Yes!’. He showed up at my doorstep with his recording gear and we recorded my vocals in the living room. Collaborating with Fran and the band has been a pure pleasure.”
Another pre-release track was “Valentine,” which also received a video directed by Healy:
The end result is another strong addition to the Travis catalog, a thoughtful release during a year of confusion and chaos.
Listen to 10 Songs below, via Spotify: