Announces new E.P. We Are In The Fields
Due out on 12 August via Gare du Nord
Released digitally and as a cotton tote bag with artwork by Frances Castle
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A year after his critically acclaimed debut album Hoverance, Ralegh Long returns with a subtle new E.P, We Are In The Fields. This gentle, restrained E.P picks up where Hoverance left off, with woodwind and picked guitars creating an atmosphere akin to Whiskeytown’s Pneumonia or the later albums of the Innocence Mission. The E.P is released digitally and as a cotton tote bag with artwork by the renowned illustrator Frances Castle.
Set once again in the fields around his home, the E.P was recorded over the course of a single day and charts an imaginary 12 hours in the eponymous fields with tracks named ‘Morning’, ‘Afternoon’, ‘Dusk’ and ‘Night’.
Long has said that the songs derive in part from local history. The fields are known locally as ‘Webster’s Gold’ after the man who made his fortune growing wheat for biscuits to be shipped to soldiers in the Crimea. The songs obliquely touch on these stories. The sense of the immediate presence of the past is particularly strong in “Afternoon (The Combine)” in the beautiful phrasing of “those who before us walked / the little hill by Emlyn’s court / those who stood in windows like this, unnoticed / those who saw what others missed.”
Long’s debut album Hoverance was released last year and was well received in the UK and Europe. Ralegh spent the summer touring, and has just returned from a run of shows in Italy, which Sky Arts praised for; “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.
Tote Pre-Order (includes immediate download of We are in the Fields) https://raleghlong.bandcamp.com
“He seems incapable of sitting at a piano and coming up with anything that doesn’t tremble with almost mystical longing … you’ll be reminded variously of Nilsson, early Todd Rundgren, even Alex Chilton at his most overwrought and wracked.” The Guardian (New Band of the Week)
“Sad, spooky pastoralism of Bill Fay or Nick Drake are touchstones on songs laden with rural imagery and dexterous melody.” Mojo 4*s
“As well as capturing the mood of the countryside perfectly Long also reveals himself here as being a songwriter of great quality.” Neon Filler 9/10