Jonathan Wilson debuts “There’s a Light” video

Jonathan Wilson has just unveiled the video for “There’s A Light”, off the new album Rare Birds, out now on Bella Union. Jonathan’s longtime friend and collaborator Grant James created the video, shooting with obsolete Japanese broadcast cameras and performing analog effects by hand. The playfully transcendental video features an introduction by Bedouine and guest vocals from Lucius.

Quote from Jonathan about the “There’s a Light”… “One of my favourite tracks on Rare Birds is undoubtedly “There’s a Light”. It was written late in the sessions, the idea came to me that I needed an anthem of pure positivity, the point was to put these words of peace, love and hope in the mouths of whoever sang along. The track you hear is the first take we played of the song, ever.” Watch now…

Having just finished his US tour, Jonathan Wilson today begins his sold out UK tour in Glasgow, which then finishes with two night’s at London’s Omeara next Monday and Tuesday. Full UK details below

Critical acclaim for Rare Birds

“Wilson’s latest nods at Zappa, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and The Byrds… Rare Birds unpacks a wealth of sonic detail… This feels like a record you could lose yourself in for months.”

MOJO – 4 Stars ****

“By turns reminiscent of Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush, Wilson has gone Eighties maximalist.” Evening Standard – 4 Stars ****

“Multi–tracked perfection… Rare Birds transcends its central theme in a flurry of uplifting,  gospel–tinged pop, swooping George Harrison–style guitars and achingly good ballads.”

Sunday Express – 4 Stars **** (Album of the Week)

“Lana Del Ray pops up on Living With Myself, the ambient pioneer Laraaji adds New Age chants to Loving You, and the whole thing is pulled along by virtuosity, invention and depth.”

The Times – 4 Stars ****

“A rich, sprawling triumph, its widescreen ambition and focus on detail breathing drama into the songs.” The Observer

“An expansive and multi–layered meditation about a failed relationship, Wilson’s reactions to heartbreak mostly sound beatific.” Long Live Vinyl – 8/10

“Vast and expansive, if you want to go on a musical journey then Rare Birds is the album for you.” DORK – 4 Stars ****

Rare Birds was produced by Jonathan Wilson and engineered by Dave Cerminara at Wilson’s own Fivestarstudios in Echo Park, Los Angeles. 2018 will see Wilson playing nearly 100 shows all over the world with Roger Waters and performing his own headline and festival appearances wherever, and whenever he can fit them in.

Rare Birds is available now via Bella Union.

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