Ed was in session and in conversation on the BBC this week. Catch up now on iPlayer.

With Tom Robinson on 6Music, includes a piano version of ‘The Saddest Orchestra (It Only Plays for You)’, his remix of The Anchoress and new song ‘Can’t Stop The Rain’ live in Shanghai http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0439q6b

With Jo Whiley on Radio2, includes Ed discussing working with Sophie Ellis-Bextor, his forthcoming album, three songs he loves and a special live session including a version of ‘Shanghai’ http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042b6vl

On Friday 13th June Ed will perform with the rejuvenated Brit-pop legends in Thetford Forest in Suffolk (UK).

Ed says:

Hey everyone. Here’s a piece called ‘You Can’t Stop The Rain’ that I wrote for the Burberry show in Shanghai. It was completely insane, the air was like breathing sandpaper, the most brutal jetlag ever but the set design, the choreography, the imitable Gary Powell (Libertines) on percussion, the strings, the dancers - such a wonderful & crazy thing to be involved in. Hope you enjoy it. EH
See the full performance featuring ‘Wandering Eye’ (from Back Into the Woods), plus George Ezra and Paloma Faith over on the Burberry website.

Competition: Head to https://www.facebook.com/edharcourtuk to win a signed 12” mini-LP.

Stream Ed’s new single ‘In My Time of Dust’ (pre-order it on iTunes here)

LYRICS

Hanging off the hinges
Swinging from the rafters
Torches of the lynch mob
Babbling burning scriptures
Vicious mindless thinkers
Pretty poison drinkers
Lonely graveyard shifters
Lacking in a listener

In my time of dust
I’ll be waiting for the winds to come
And bring forth a brighter day
I’ll be waiting for the winds to come
And blow all the darkness away

Endless aimless killers
Persuasive soul distillers
Snakes & levitators
Rapacious alligators
Evangelists and salesmen
Ridiculous dictators
Psychics and their background checks

CHORUS

You were in my dream last night
With your hands around my throat
I think you’d haunt me when I die
I only curse when under oath
There’s a target on my chest
Swords & daggers hit the wheel
You know the world has lost interest
When circus freaks lose their appeal

CHORUS

More about the track in Ed’s track by track guide for MusicOMH.

He wrote a song about it, but now he’s eating tuna steak and watching the red sky… Yes, Ed’s in Shanghai this week! Follow his adventures over on Instagram http://instagram.com/edharcourt

That there is Ed Harcourt’s new song ‘Sweet Malaise’ featuring Ren Harvieu, which premiered on Q Magazine’s website. It is the flip-side to the new single ‘In My Time of Dust’, which is being released by CCCLX on May 19th 2014 (Pre-order it on iTunes here).

Photo by Steve Gullick.

Ed Harcourt: As a songwriter it can be quite hard to dissect and analyse your own songs, they seem to materialise out of thin air, so where do they all come from? Your songs are like chronicles of America and its landmarks, the places you grew up with or passed by. I also feel that the subtlety in your songs says so much more than if you were being blatantly obvious.

Jimmy Webb: Well the landscape has a lot to do with it. I grew up with landscapes that I suppose you could only describe as desolate. I was raised in west Texas and then Oklahoma and then later the Oklahoma pan handle which is the definition of desolate. And very simple surroundings, very rudimentary, no money, father was a minister, he made $100 a week that had to pay for everything. It wasn’t the American dream exactly, but it was interesting in one respect as it was what was left of America’s beginnings, it’s kind of colonial and agricultural.

Read Ed’s full chat with Jimmy Webb here.

New festival date: July 19th 2014, Curious Arts Festival, Hampshire.