Fallen Empires is the sixth album by Snow Patrol. The album was originally released on 11 November 2011. The album was recorded in the iconic the Joshua Tree national park in South-Eastern California. They recorded tracks at Eagles Watch, a topsy turvy house in Santa Monica with widescreen windows and panoramic views of the pacific ocean. Backing vocals were drawn from the LA inner city mass gospel choir in Compton, South Central LA. Later, tracks were mixed at the studio owned by longterm collaborator, Garret 'Jacknife' Lee - a hacienda tucked away in Topanga Canyon, the one time hippy commune and former home to Neil Young and Woody Guthrie. Along the way, REM's Michael Stipe, us singer Lissie and Queens of the Stone Age guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen all popped by to lend a guitar part here, a lyric idea there. Meanwhile, Snow Patrol's new adventures seeped into every note on Fallen Empires. The result is an album that promises to redefine the band as an altogether more ambitious, more expansive, creative force.
2LP - Repressed on Deluxe Double Vinyl.