M. Ward unveils ‘Slow Driving Man’ video featuring Conor Oberst


Announces London KOKO show

Today M. Ward shares the video for “Slow Driving Man” today, which was directed by Carlos Forster and features M. Ward and Conor Oberst. The song is from M. Ward’s eighth solo album, More Rain. M. Ward adds about the video,”Here’s a miniature movie directed by Carlos Forster for Slow Driving Man. It’s about a driver in San Francisco who is driving through a world that’s suddenly moving too fast. One night, he happens to pick up a customer who he recognizes from a previous life. Based on true events.” Watch the video below…

We are also very pleased to announce that M. Ward is returning to London this September to perform a headline show at KOKO and a headline show at Manchester’s GORILLA. He will also perform at Festival No.6 and End Of The Road Festival the weekend prior to the London date.  All dates/info below…

Wed 31st Aug – MANCHESTER – Gorilla

Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th Sept – PORTMEIRION – Festival no.6

 Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September – DORSET – End Of The Road Festival

Tue 6th Sept – LONDON – Koko

Thurs 8th Sept – AMSTERDAM – Paradiso

Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.

Critical acclaim for More Rain, out now on Bella Union…

“Swinging and sweetly affecting… More Rain is a brief encapsualtion of a particular worldview, all unabashed romanticism and guileless honesty, impeccably produced and pitched so up-close and personal that on ‘Phenomenon’ you can hear Ward’s mouth on the mic.” Uncut – 8/10

“Even at its most melancholy there’s a warmth and brightness to M. Ward’s eighth solo album. Rounding up R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, Neko Case and KD Lang to deepen his soulful ruminations, Ward creates songs that sound simultaneously intimate and grand.” Q – 4 Stars ****

“Ward opens More Rain with the sound of a deluge outside before going on to ponder the vast gulf between the American Dream and its less glamorous reality, but with the final glitterbeat stomp of ‘I’m Going Higher’ he finishes with the  sun on his face.” MOJO 

“A set of engagingly intimate songs.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****

“Originally begun as a doo-wop album, More Rain ultimately took on Ward’s familiar style, its laidback lilts sketched in typically understated, elegant guitar parts, tinted with strings, pedal steel and keyboards, fronted by Ward’s genial, relaxed murmur.” The Independent – 4 Stars ****

More Rain is less gloomy than its title suggests: while his eighth solo album as a shuffly affair, it grooves and growls. ‘Time Won’t Wait Up’ sprinkles honky-tonk, good-time piano over chugging guitars; ‘Confession’ sends Ward’s throaty rasp of a voice over a Pixies-esque bassline.” The Independent On Sunday – 4 Stars **** 

“A delightful down-tempo collection… ‘I’m Listening’ is a gorgeous lullaby with dreamy harmonies and ‘Slow Driving Man’ is awash with delicious tremolo.” Guitar and Bass – 8/10