Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott release ‘devastatingly beautiful’ song Still and announce new album

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21 Jul 2022, 13:36

Jacqui Abbott and Paul Heaton.

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have revealed that they are dropping a new album in September, and the duo have shared the first song from it.

The album, called N.K-Pop, will land on September 30th, and is preceded by lead single Still, which Heaton has said aims “to raise awareness for folk who have lost a child, whether by miscarriage, stillbirth or in infancy.”

In a statement, the singer explained: “It’s a common occurrence and, for every one story you may hear, there are 20 or 30 left untold. Whilst totally understandable we, together with the stillbirth charity Sands, want to direct people to talking. Many only feel able to talk to their partner about the loss, but talking to someone equally distressed can be suffocating.”

He added: “It has to be good to talk to people outside, because otherwise that loss can overwhelm you. I can’t say that’s wrong, because grief has strange ways of shaping and defining you. As a song, Still had to be quiet, meditative, and simple in it’s arrangement, to hopefully reflect and understand those emotions.”

Listen to Still here: 

Several of Paul and Jackie’s celebrity pals have tweeted about the song. Fellow musician Alison Moyet shared the video and wrote: “A thing of beauty for the beautiful ones that belonged with us all.”

Also sharing the clip, comedy actor Dianne Morgan wrote: “Devastatingly beautiful song by the legendary Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.”

Meanwhile, Dawn French wrote: “Not easy. But nothing that’s worth it is easy. Props to ⁦@PaulHeatonSolo⁩ & #jacquiabbott for this beautifully heartbreaking song. Plus massive respect for all ⁦@SandsUK”

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott play two big outdoor headline shows this weekend, at St Helens Totally Wicked Stadium tomorrow (July 22nd), and the Eco-Power Stadium in Doncaster on Saturday (July 23rd), with special guests The Proclaimers and The Lathums.