Ellipsis (Biffy Clyro album)

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Ellipsis
Biffy Clyro - Ellipsis Cover.jpg
Studio album by Biffy Clyro
Released 8 July 2016 (2016-07-08)
Recorded 2015–2016
Studio Eldorado Recording Studios, Burbank, California and Foxy Studios Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California (Animal Style)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 38:57
Label 14th Floor, Warner Bros.
Producer Biffy Clyro, Rich Costey
Biffy Clyro chronology
Similarities
(2014)
Ellipsis
(2016)
MTV Unplugged: Live at Roundhouse, London
(2018)
Singles from Ellipsis
  1. "Wolves of Winter"
    Released: 21 March 2016
  2. "Animal Style"
    Released: 25 May 2016
  3. "Howl"
    Released: 4 August 2016[1]
  4. "Re-Arrange"
    Released: 24 November 2016[2]
  5. "Flammable"
    Released: 18 January 2017[3]
  6. "Friends and Enemies"
    Released: 3 May 2017

Ellipsis is the seventh studio album by Scottish alternative rock band Biffy Clyro. It was produced by Rich Costey and released on 8 July 2016. Ellipsis entered the UK charts at the top, making it Biffy Clyro's second number one album (after 2013's Opposites).

Background[edit]

Confirmation that the band was working on a new record came in early 2014, with frontman Simon Neil telling Radio X in an interview that they had written "about 14 songs so far", stating that the album was projected for possible release by the end of 2015.[4] He also commented saying that the band was due to take a break from public involvement to bring themselves away from the spotlight following touring in support of their 2013 album, Opposites.

The band took 2015 as a "year off" from public appearances, as they did not want fans to tire of seeing them,[5] although they did play a one off show as the headline act in Edinburgh's Hogmanay Concert in the Gardens, where they debuted a new song "On a Bang".[6] The band recorded the majority of the album in Burbank, California following drummer Ben Johnston's claims that they would visit somewhere "exotic" to record it as a change of pace from their home country of Scotland. The band took a similar approach in 2012 while working on the previous record, travelling to West Los Angeles, California to record the majority of the album.

In January 2016, the band discussed the album with NME, calling it the "best record we've made",[7] and revealing John Waters and hip-hop artist A$AP Rocky as influences of the sound of the new music.

In the days leading up to 21 March 2016, the band's official YouTube channel released snippets from the album's first single, "Wolves of Winter", announcing the date of the single's release. On 21 March, the videos were removed, and replaced by a 1:30 long preview of the song announcing the name and release date of the album.[8] The song was first played in full on 21 March during Zane Lowe's Hottest Record on Beats 1,[9] and again later during Annie Mac's World's Hottest Record on Radio 1. Lead singer Simon Neil appeared on both broadcasts to speak about the album and reveal some extra details about the background of the single.[10]

Artwork and releases[edit]

A limited edition Ellipsis box set has been made available to pre-order exclusively on the band's official store site. The full set includes two 180g heavyweight vinyl records, a 7" single ("Wolves of Winter"), a hard-cover book featuring photos and lyrics, hand-written lyrics from Simon Neil, and several prints signed by band members. It also includes a full digital copy of the album on release, and a downloadable MP3 of the album's first single.[11]

The album's finalised artwork was released on 8 April 2016 via the band's official website[12] and Instagram pages.[13]

The standard album features 11 tracks, with a 13-track "Deluxe" edition released alongside the original.[14][15][16] The deluxe edition of the album also contains an additional video when purchased on iTunes.[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
NME NME's Albums of the Year 2016 2016
26

Track listing[edit]

Songs and lyrics by Simon Neil, music by Biffy Clyro except where noted.

Ellipsis – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wolves of Winter" 4:08
2."Friends and Enemies" 4:12
3."Animal Style"
3:30
4."Re-Arrange" 3:37
5."Herex" 3:57
6."Medicine" 3:53
7."Flammable"
3:07
8."On a Bang" 2:38
9."Small Wishes" 3:06
10."Howl"3:33
11."People" 3:16
Total length:38:57

Personnel[edit]

Biffy Clyro

Production

  • Rich Costeyproduction, additional editing
  • Biffy Clyro – co-production
  • James Rushent – programming and additional production on "Wolves of Winter"
  • John Feldmann – additional production and recording on "Animal Style"
  • Martin Cooke – engineering
  • Nicolas Fournier – engineering
  • Mario Borgatta – engineering assistance
  • Zak Corvine – additional engineering on "Animal Style"
  • Matt Pauling – additional engineering on "Animal Style"
  • Allie Snow – engineering assistance on "Animal Style"
  • Zach Tuch – engineering assistance on "Animal Style"
  • Vlado Meller – mastering
  • Jeremy Lubsey – mastering assistance
  • Ian Sefchick – vinyl mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] Gold 100,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  3. ^ http://www.biffyclyro.com/news,new-video-for-flammable_1782.htm
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  5. ^ "Biffy Clyro call 2015 their 'year off'". NME. Retrieved 22 March 2016. 
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