Release date: March 2014
The Take Off And Landing Of Everything is the sixth studio album by English alternative rock band Elbow, released in the UK, Europe and Australia through Fiction Records on March 10, 2014 and in the US through Concord Records on March 11, 2014.
The group spent the first two weeks of the album's recording at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios in November 2012, before moving back to their own Blueprint Studios in Salford to complete the album. Speaking about the decision to start the recording process at Real World, Garvey said, "When you're there, you get six months work done in two weeks. To go and live and breathe your record without the distractions of the rest of life, you make creative decisions you would not have made at home." The album was produced by the band's keyboardist Craig Potter.
The making of The Take Off And Landing Of Everything saw the band take a new approach to writing and recording. Previously songs were mostly developed by the band as a whole, but this new album sees individual members and sub-groups take the lead on several tracks. "Honey Sun" was written and recorded at home by guitarist Mark Potter, his brother Craig wrote the music for "Real Life (Angel)" and bassist Pete Turner built "Colour Fields" using apps on his iPad. "Fly Boy Blue / Lunette" was developed by drummer Richard Jupp alongside Pete and Mark whilst both Guy and Craig were away from the studio.
The album features several guests including the Hallé Orchestra ("Manchester's oldest band" as Guy affectionately calls them) with Pete McPhail, Tim Barber, Bob Marsh and Kat Curlett adding brass to selected tracks and tour mate and long term friend Jimi Goodwin of Doves adding backing vocals on "New York Morning."