Marc Almond has announced a new tour for April next year – and has confirmed his new album The Velvet Trail will be released on March 2.

The album is produced by Lana Del Rey producer Chris Braide. Speaking to Classic Pop, Almond said: “Chris is a fan, who sent me some instrumentals that he hoped would be suitable for my voice. I’d never be able to afford to work with him usually!” Admitting that he thought he wasn’t going to make another pop album after 2010’s Variete, Almond refused to listen to the songs at first, but was quickly inspired by Braide’s music. Referring to his 1991 work with Trevor Horn, Almond said: “It’s probably my first ‘posh pop’ album since Tenement Symphony.”

The tour includes a date at Shepherds Bush Empire, where Almond played concerts to mark his 50th and 55th birthdays. Tickets go on sale on November 14. He’s currently on tour as a guest vocalist with Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

Marc Almond will play:

Wirral New Brighton Floral Pavilion (April 16)
Birmingham Town Hall (April 17)
Ipswich Regent (April 18)
Cambridge Corn Exchange (April 20)
Brighton Dome (April 21)
Bristol Colston Hall (April 23)
Leeds Town Hall (April 24)
Manchester Bridgewater Hall (April 25)
Edinburgh Queens Hall (April 27)
Gateshead Sage (April 28)
Basingstoke Anvil (April 30)
Shepherds Bush Empire (May 1)