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Miro Žbirka to release Abbey Road double album

After the release of his latest single “Dievča” last month, Bratislava-born Miro Žbirka has announced the release of a new album, three years after his previous record Miro. Recorded at the world-renown Abbey Road studios, it will simply be titled Double Album, hinting to a heavily Beatles-inspired record.

In fact, Miro was accompanied in Abbey Road’s famous Studio Three – where Pink Floyd recorded The Dark Side of the Moon – by guitarist Robbie McIntosh and bassist Hamish Stuart who both toured with Paul McCartney in the 80s and 90s, with the latest also touring with Ringo Starr.

The artwork for the new album was made by Czech artist Míla Fürstová who also designed Coldplay’s Ghost Stories album cover.

Miro started his musical career as a member of Modus, a popular Slovak group of the 1970s, before forming the band Limit in the 1980s and releasing his breakthrough LP Sezónne Lásky in 1982 which earned him the popular Zlatý Slavík award for best male singer in Czechoslovakia. Still popular in Slovakia and the Czech Republic after more than thirty years, the Prague-based John Lennon recorded a total of a dozen studio albums, four compilations, one live record and two DVDs.

Now living part-time in London, he’s released albums in English, such as Giant Step (1983) and Miro (2015), and famously tries to record songs simultaneously in Slovak and in English, releasing his latest single with English lyrics and calling it “Darling”. His Lennon-esque single Love Shines, also recorded at Abbey Road, was an international hit.

The singer also announced tour dates to promote his upcoming album, playing at Bratislava’s Ateliér Babylon on October 22, and Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar on October 25 – you know where we’ll be!

Other dates include Hradec Králové on October 27 and Brno on October 29 – more info here.

In the meantime, we can’t get enough of this!

A political science graduate from the University of Nottingham, Tom Eisenchteter worked for international organisations in South Africa, Thailand and Malaysia before returning to his native France. He now works in the media department of the French Ministry of Defense and is a regular contributor to French media Asialyst.com and the Paris-based think-tank Asia Centre. In 2018, he founds Kafkadesk Media with his brother in Prague.

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