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Touchstone ex Cottingham launches new band Cairo

Founding Touchstone keyboard player Rob Cottingham forms Cairo and reveals debut album details

Founding Touchstone man Rob Cottingham has launched a new project called Cairo.

Keyboard player Cottingham is joined in Cairo by Rachel Hill on vocals, James Hards on guitars, Paul Stocker on bass and Graham Brown on drums.

Their debut album Say will be released on October 3 and is available for pre-order now. A trailer for the album can be viewed below, along with the artwork and tracklist.

Cottingham says: "I was after a new sound with the same sensibilities as in my previous writing but with heavier passages, as well as more ambient, electronic soundscapes – plus more time spent on crafting the blend of male and female vocals within the overall production of the music.

"We have just recorded our debut album Say at Outhouse Studios, with the mighty John Mitchell at the helm. Album launch shows are scheduled in the UK for November with our special guests, Luna Rossa."

Cottingham adds that the album's 13 tracks include a "prog epic" called Nothing To Prove as well as a special voiceover from Nick Yarris, an innocent man who spent 22 years on death row in Pennsylvania.

As well as three November dates, Cairo are planning a run of shows for 2017.

Cottingham left Touchstone last year.

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Cairo Say tracklist

  1. Cairo
  2. Shadow's Return Prologue
  3. Shadow's Return
  4. Wiped Out
  5. Say
  6. Katrina
  7. Searching
  8. Nothing To Prove
  9. Nothing To Prove Reprise
  10. Random Acts of Kindness Part 1
  11. Back From The Wilderness
  12. Dancing The Gossamer Thread
  13. Katrina (Breathe Mix)

Cairo UK tour dates 2016

Nov 18: London Boston Music Room
Nov 19: Rotherham Wesley Centre
Nov 20: Leicester The Musician

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