New solo album ‘Kingdoms’
Digital album out now on Xtra Mile Recordings
Watch the video for ‘1986’ here
Shaken and stirred by the times, Sam Duckworth is pouring songs forth at an alarming rate. His latest batch, Kingdoms, is a solo acoustic album recorded around Christmas 2016 and is released digitally via Xtra Mile Recordings on 27 January 2017 following a tour of independent venues as part of Independent Venue Week. Purchase ‘Kingdoms’ at Xtra Mile Recordings and iTunes.
Even after releasing two EPs of original material, ‘Digital Ghettos’ and ‘Beaches Ain’t Shit’, a live EP (‘Live at LUX’) and debut album ‘Baby Boomers 2’ as Recreations last year, Sam Duckworth continues to harness every drop of creativity and inspiration from current strife while mining for glimmers of positivity.
Written and recorded, on the most part, at the start of this year, ‘Kingdoms’ sees Duckworth at his rawest and most urgent. He expresses getting back up, dusting himself off and continuing on more determined through strummed chords and light electric guitar lines, with the emphasis this time on Sam’s words. Largely anchored with percussive strumming, the subtle arpeggios, melodic solos and layers of colour still pop the songs perfectly. Upbeat in sound and measured in sentiment, Sam stays familiar in addressing the societal toll on community and self-confidence.
All These Nights’ opens with the perfect summation of this, a chorus promising “all the nights that you spent working hard on regrets will not be erased but you can break the cycle if you’re willing to change”. Elsewhere, Sam revisits 2014 single, 1986, for its first proper release. What once felt like a dystopian daydream, now feels all the more real. “It’s surprising we still fall, for spite on a wall.” His acoustic version of ‘Baby Boomers 2’ closing track ‘Lifestyle Concept Store’, a surprisingly moving alternative take on an album favourite. Appropriately ‘1993’ brushes up against Britpop, giving a bright, optimistic feel to an indictment of certain elements of a younger generation who “blame immigration for the failure to coexist”.
The aroma of nostalgia isn’t ignored, but instead of wishing for bygone times like some lost, mythical Albion, Sam seems both a little resigned to leaving it behind and, crucially, motivated to make the best of whatever comes next. It’s all the more convincing coming from one of the UK’s most prolific songwriters right now.
- All These Nights
- 3rd Generation
- Lifestyle Concept Store
- Wrong Way Round
- Mucking Around