Shares new single “Take Your Mind Back” via Gold Flake Paint
Announces new album Upwards of Summer
Due for release on 9 June via Gare due Nord/Make It New Records
Listen to “Take Your Mind Back” here
“Take Your Mind Back” is the first single to be taken from Ralegh Long‘s forthcoming new album Upwards of Summer, due out on 9 June. The song neatly combines the fragile pastoral beauty of his previous material with deliciously woozy psychedelic country-rock. There is a marked change of pace from his previous records Hoverance and We Are in the Fields, the single is a rush of chorus guitars and synthesisers, calling to mind bands such as R.E.M, The DB’s, and the Go-Betweens.
The track was premiered by Gold Flake Paint who called it; “A deft and beautifully crafted introduction to his new work.”
According to Long, “Take Your Mind Back was partly inspired by the heat and light of Italy and Japan in summer, and by travelling and touring a lot last year, playing shows through Italy, Sardinia, France, Austria. The heat and excitement made me think about the past, in that way Summer has of somehow containing all the previous ones.”
To produce the album, Long teamed up with Goat Girl, Fat White Family and Phobophobes producer Margo Broom at Hermitage Works Studios in London. The record features his touring band, including pedal steel player Jack Hayter of Hefner.
The album can be pre-ordered on PledgeMusic here:
Ralegh Long’s debut album Hoverance and follow up E.P We Are in the Fields received acclaim from The Guardian, who praised the “demented beauty” of his songs as well as MOJO, who celebrated their “Spooky Pastoralism”. Tracks received heavy radio rotation appearing on BBC 6 Music shows such as Lauren Laverne and Gideon Coe, BBC Scotland, Amazing Radio, as well as German, Spanish and Austrian National Radio, and Rai I in Italy. “The Lizard” from Hoverance and “Morning” from We Are in the Fields, have been streamed over a million times on Spotify. Long spent the summer touring, with many shows in Europe, including Sardinia and Italy, which were hailed by Sky Arts who wrote that he was; “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.