Pulp photo by Natalie Kardos
Pulp capped off a triumphant year of reunion touring with a homecoming show at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England, followed by sets on the S.S. Coachella. And yesterday, they released a Christmas Day surprise: a new studio recording of an old demo, “After You”, recorded with none other than James Murphy.
Fans at the Sheffield show were handed Christmas cards that pointed to a link to download the new song, along with a unique access code, as the Pulp fan site Bar Italia reports (via Consequence of Sound). The link was activated on Christmas Eve at midnight.
“After You” was partly written over a decade ago, but never finished, and never officially released. This version was recorded in November by the band, then finished with Murphy in London and while on the Coachella cruise.
Listen to the track over at Consequence of Sound.
As Jarvis Cocker noted in an interview recently, the future of Pulp is uncertain. No tour dates are currently planned for 2013.
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