Nerina Pallot's 12 record challenge: Exclusive listen to William Blake-inspired new EP, When The Morning Stars Sang Together

Get the first play of the singer's third EP this year, as she attempts to release 12 records in 2014

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Nerina Pallot is set to release her third EP this year on Monday 31 March, which you can listen to via the exclusive stream below.

Yes, we are aware it is only March, but the Ivor Novello-nominated artist has decided to undergo the challenging task of releasing 12 different EPs full of original material in just 12 months.

And No.3, When The Morning Stars Sang Together,  is a weather-themed record inspired by artist William Blake.

“When I embarked on this whole EP a month thing, I suspected that, being British, I would start writing about the weather at some point,” she tells The Independent.

“I spent most of February dreaming of epic floods, tsunamis, trying to transport two Jack Russells, a rabbit and small child with only a laundry basket for a vehicle; all that kind of stuff.

“One night I woke up in a cold sweat after a particularly bad Armageddon dream, went downstairs and stood in my back garden and was filled with the kind of joy that you either need to be five years old or on hallucinogens to experience.

“I was thinking about this painting I really love by William Blake, called ‘When The Morning Stars Sang Together’ and how it’s a depiction of one of those rare moments in the bible when peeps are looking pretty happy and nobody is being cast off into eternal damnation. (See, as a very lapsed Catholic, I always take end-of-the-world dreams really, really personally).

“So I wrote from that. The other songs on the EP are quite miserable though; that’s sort of my default setting. I think songwriters as a whole are a breed who would be unhappy being too happy, but I always throw one cheery song onto an EP to lull the listener into a false sense of security.”

As with the previous two, the EPs will be released in both physical and digital formats.

At the end of the year, Pallot plans to distribute a full album of fan favourites, as well as yet another new record of original material, this time an LP.

Will she  survive the ultimate industry endurance test? Time will tell. For now, here’s the track listing and the stream in its entirety:

‘When The Morning Stars Sang Together’ EP track listing:

  1. That’s Really Something
  2. Ain’t Got Nothing Left
  3. No Harm Done
  4. Nervous
  5. Sorriest MF in Tow