Monday fused into Tuesday, leaves were shaped and became bigger leaves until the wind blew them away, the bigger picture, the girl on her phone didn’t even notice, the leaves fell and on went the exploring on the underculture and today we bring you a rather beautifully understated new recording from the forthcoming album by Will Varley.
And she didn’t even notice, whoever she was, lost in whatever her phone had to offer while all around the glorious colour of Autumn. A Leaf, East London, October 2016. (she didn’t even notice). One of an ongoing series of works left to be blow away in the wind…
Taken from the forthcoming album by Will Varley – ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ out on 4th November through Xtra Mile Recordings. here comes the record company hype and the blurb and the lazy cut ‘n paste, no time for our words today, leaves to kicks, places to be, people to avoid. Not heard the rest of Mr Varley’s album but this is a rather beautifully refined taste…
“Will Varley has reached an unstoppable velocity since signing with Xtra Mile Recordings in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down as we announce fourth album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ out 4th November 2016.
With the follow-up to the stellar Postcards From Ursa Minor, an album that propelled Will into unexplored territory, return tours with The Proclaimers and unbelievable summer festival sets, he continues to build upon broken spirits with this set of almost unbearably raw songs. The latest track to be taken from the album is “When She Wakes Up”,
Recorded underneath a pub by the sea in Deal, Kent as the waves roared outside, Kingsdown Sundown is a bleak and uncompromising critique of the human condition, journeying deep into our dreams, faults, regrets and politics. The songs are more visceral and uneasy than before, with fights in KFC descending into world wars, the all too real plight of refugees and the recent rise in hate crime. A collection of folk songs written over the course of the last year while travelling and touring – written on tour buses and trains, scribbled on the back of set lists and receipts – Will says “these are the most honest songs I’ve ever written and they represent new ground for me creatively. They may not be radio friendly, or even ‘friendly’ at all, but I’ve been wanting to make a record like this for a long time.”
“The rest of the album is hazier, more spectral and a phantom of memories, dreams, and hopes. If there’s one song that haunts as much as it heals and warms the soul, it’s ‘Let Your Guard Down’ which sounds like it was sung deeply into the howling wind in defiance, in hope and fear. The most directly political song ‘We Want Our Planet Back’ feels strongly enough to strap on an electric guitar and strum over Will’s patient protest, but it indirectly lends its brooding power to ‘Too Late Too Soon’ which seems ready to crumple and break, a sandcastle made of a simmering mood. ‘Back To Hell’ could have come from any period in superstitious folk history, a tale of vague menace, mysticism and the underworld. Finally, ‘We’ll Keep Making Plans’ threatens to build to a crescendo, but instead lets us drift out into a mental sea where the sun is setting on what we knew in favour of the unknown, resolving to carry on, continuing to build our futures on shakier foundations. It’s somehow not dispiriting; it’s more driven by determination to allow sadness not to rule our lives, but be an important part of it”.
“Leaf”, an ongoing series of works left, by the artist, to blow away in the wind (or to be wash away by the tide).
Leanfbombing? Leafshaping, Autum colour, there for a brief moment until they’re kicked away or washed away or blown away, leaves, leafhearts? Leaves? Click on an image to enlarge or rum the slide show…