Jonathan Wilson announces new album for October

Jonathan Wilson returns this October with Fanfare, an epic, grandiose and highly ambitious production that builds upon the success of his Bella Union debut.

With 2011’s critically-lauded Gentle Spirit, audiences worldwide were introduced to the prodigious talents of singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and unrivalled guitar hero Jonathan Wilson. Gentle Spirit’s authentic exploration and modern updating of the “Laurel Canyon sound” earned it high marks on many year-end lists, including those of MOJO (#4), Uncut (#16) and The Guardian (#28). The eagerly-awaited follow-up, Fanfare, is an even more ambitious production that instantly conjures thoughts of Dennis Wilson’s Pacific Ocean Blue.

“‘Fanfare as a word represents a fanciful showing, a bodacious movement of energy, a celebration of sound,” Wilson explains. “Something to signify an arrival, a special occasion.” In this case, it’s also the immense opening song that builds into a multilayered cinematic poem from the artist to channel the perfect love song through his piano. As a declaration of intent, it’s a powerful statement.

“From the initial idea of the record, I knew I wanted a concert Steinway piano to be the centerpiece–the beating heart–of Fanfare. I was going for this sort of “widescreen” sound, a blown out vista. I wanted strings, horns, bells, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes… Having that 9-foot Steinway was central to achieving the sound that I wanted.”

Fanfare was made in Los Angeles over a 9-month period. Featuring vocal and instrumental contributions from heavy friends like Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty), Wilco’s Patrick Sansone, Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith and Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, the album is a celebration of friends and family. Additionally, Wilson and British folk legend Roy Harper co-wrote several songs on the record.

Sometimes Wilson seems to need a pinch to believe his good fortune: “There are an awful lot of wizards on this album. Wizards of all ages and life experiences. All these amazing voices and musicians. There is a high degree of musical prowess and pedigree here. Cross-generational musical sharing and passing down traditions is very important to me and something that must continue. This is the way you keep the Fanfare’s blowing, this is how you keep the energies interacting.”

Fanfare will be released 14th October on Bella Union in the UK/Europe and Downtown in the US (on 15th October).

MONEY announce November Tour

MONEY have announced a UK tour this November; dates below…

Thursday 15 August – GLANUSK – Green Man Festival
Friday 30 August – DORSET – End Of The Road Festival
Fri-Sun 13-15 September – PORTMEIRION – Festival No 6

Tuesday 5 November – BRIGHTON– Green Door Store
Wednesday 6 November – LONDON – secret venue in Hackney .. info to come!
Thursday 7 November – BRISTOL – Louisiana
Saturday 9 November – MANCHESTER – Dance House
Monday 11 November – LEEDS – Belgrave Music Hall
Tuesday 12 November – GLASGOW – Poetry Club
Wednesday 13 November – SHEFFIELD – Lantern Theatre
Thursday 14 November – NEWCASTLE – Think Tank
Friday 15 November – NOTTINGHAM – The Corner

The Shadow of Heaven will be released 26th August on Bella Union.

Remember Hold Me Forever? Directed by Cillian Murphy…..

 

PINS share “Get With Me” video

Get With Me, directed by PINS guitarist Lois Macdonald…

PINS – GET WITH ME from PINS on Vimeo.

DEBUT ALBUM GIRLS LIKE US RELEASED 30TH SEPTEMBER ON BELLA UNION…

Catch the band live:

5 October – Sheffield, Harley
7 October – Bristol, Louisiana
8 October – Brighton, The Hope
9 October – London, Birthdays
10 October – Norwich, Hog in Armour
11 October – Newcastle, Cluny
12 October – Glasgow, Broadcast
15 October – Liverpool, Leaf
16 October – Birmingham, Bull’s Head
17 October – Leeds, Belgrave Music Hall
24 October – Lille (France), La Peniche
25 October – Paris (France), Point Ephemere
26 October – Lyon (France), Le Sonic..

Listen Now: Roy Harper – Time Is Temporary

Hear “Time Is Temporary” from the forthcoming album by Roy Harper over on Mojo now!

From Mojo:

“I THOUGHT I’D retired!” laughs Roy Harper, talking about the 13 years that have elapsed since his last album and his fresh offering, Man & Myth.

Assisted by Californian musician/producer Jonathan Wilson, the 72-year-old Harper has created seven tracks that encapsulate a number of different moods, recalling facets from his storied career that now reaches back over five decades and which has inspired artists as diverse as Led Zeppelin, Johnny Marr and Joanna Newsom.

Time Is Temporary is the sound of a man who is capable of contemplating his mortality as well as musing on coincidence, convergence and circumstance.

Listen here.