Nods to Womack and Womack’s “Teardrops” in new video for
“Take Your Mind Back”
Taken from his forthcoming album Upwards of Summer
Due out 23rd June via Kartel Music Group / Make It New Records
Watch the video for “Take Your Mind Back” here
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Ralegh Long’s new video for “Take Your Mind Back” (taken from album Upwards of Summer due out on 23 June) is an affectionate nod to Womack and Womack’s video for “Teardrops” and the raft of 80’s obviously fake “live-in-the-studio” videos (other notable examples including Charlie Sexton’s hilariously over the top “Beats so Lonely” and Eddie Murphy’s “Party all the time”). The video was produced and directed by Long, shot by Will Hanke (Flowers, Pls Like, The Darkest Universe) and edited by Ynos Productions. It was premiered by Clash, who wrote; “It’s all delivered in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, and the results are incredibly infectious.”
“Take Your Mind Back” is the first single from Long’s upcoming album Upwards of Summer (out June 23rd). The single immediately landed on Spotify’s ‘The Indie List’ and was picked up by Elton John for his Beats1 Radio show, where he described it as simply, “a great song”.
Of the video Long says, “coming out of a time when I was seriously considering stopping making music, making this record was the most life-affirming experience and the best fun I’ve ever had. I didn’t second guess, I trusted myself and I trusted those around me. It felt like breaking free. I wanted to celebrate the place where this happened – Margo Broom’s Hermitage Works studios in North London – and this video felt like a good way to do that.”
Ralegh Long vs Womack and Womack
The album was written at a point of crisis, when Long was touring, wrestling with a lot of life choices and “unsure if he would even continue making music.” On a plane back from Japan he stumbled across 10,000 Maniacs’ college-rock classic In My Tribe, whose carefree jangle-pop reminded him of his earliest inspirations and set him thinking about why he began making music in the first place. On his return he set about writing a new album, “remembering what it felt like to pick up a guitar for the first time and tapping into that place of instinct”. A marked change of pace from his previous records, Hoverance and We Are in the Fields, “Take Your Mind Back” is a wildly confident rush of chorus guitars and synthesisers, calling to mind bands such as R.E.M, The DB’s, and the Go-Betweens.
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 http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/raleghlong
Long’s debut album Hoverance and follow up E.P We Are in the Fields were released to great acclaim last year. In the U.K, The Guardian praised Long’s songs for their “demented beauty” and MOJO celebrated their “Spooky Pastoralism”. Tracks were played by Lauren Laverne on BBC6 Music, BBC Scotland, Amazing Radio, and on National Radio throughout Europe. “The Lizard” and “Morning”, from Hoverance and We Are in the Fields respectively, have been streamed over a million times on Spotify. Long spent the summer touring, with many shows in Europe, including Sardinia and Italy, which Sky Arts praised for; “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.