The ever-prolific Paul Weller is set to release his new album in May, less than a year after his last LP.

Weller will release Fat Pop (Volume 1) on May 14. It's his 16th solo album since his self-titled debut in 1992 and it comes just under a year after June 2020’s On Sunset.

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Weller, who also produced Galway man Declan O’Rourke’s new album, Arrivals, has released Cosmic Fringes, the first track from the new album.

In Spring last year, after his tour dates were postponed due to the pandemic, Weller began fleshing out ideas for new songs he had stored on his phone.

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The former Jam and Style Council front man started to record them on his own with just vocals, piano and guitar which he’d send to his core band members (drummer Ben Gordelier, Steve Cradock on guitar and bassist Andy Crofts) to add their parts.

The band then reconvened at Weller's Black Barn studio in Surrey when restrictions were lifted to finish the work.

According to Weller’s record label Polydor, the new album includes a tribute to Iggy Pop with a song called Moving Canvas.

Fat Pop also features guests including Lia Metcalfe, singer with Liverpool band The Mysterines, while Andy Fairweather Low sings on new track Testify and Paul’s daughter Leah co-wrote and features on Shades Of Blue, the first single taken from the album.