New album Upwards of Summer out TODAY!
via Kartel / Make It New Records
Watch video for “Take Your Mind Back”
Listen via Spotify
Mon 26 June – Rough Trade, Nottingham – instore
“On his second full-length, Long jumps a decade from the Nick Drake-inspired ’70s orchestral folk of 2015’s Hoverance to ’80s college rock, his earnest, quavering tenor navigating the jangly setting like Lloyd Cole through Rattlesnakes.” Uncut
“Upwards of Summer is a revelation” – ShireFolk
“The Soundtrack of the Summer” – God is in the TV
Following a successful album launch gig at Rough Trade East yesterday, Ralegh Long‘s new album Upwards of Summer is finally released today va Kartel/Make It New Records. Long explains; “I was burnt out when we started making it, on the verge of giving up, and we treated it like it was the last one… Instead, it turned out to be the record that healed my relationship with music. It’s a record about renewal. I hope it helps you just as much as it helped me.”
The first single from Upwards of Summer, “Take Your Mind Back”, landed immediately on Spotify’s The Indie List and was picked up by Elton John for his Beats1 radio show, describing it as simply, “a great song”. Upwards of Summer marks a change of pace. The piano, strings and woodwind of Long’s debut Hoverance are nowhere to be seen, exchanged for a rush of jangling guitars, mandolins and anthemic hooks that make up a thrillingly confident return.
The second single, “Sleeping on My Dreams” explores the frustrations of trying to keep dreams alive, and the panic at the realisation that time is passing by, threatening to bury hopes and aspirations amidst the humdrum of everyday life. Driven by Tom Petty-esque guitar and slide hooks inspired by George Harrison, “Sleeping on my Dreams” packs a punch into its brisk, anthemic two minutes.
Co-produced by Long, the album see him putting his own unique spin on the sound of 80s and 90s powerpop – bands like R.E.M, The Db’s, Lloyd Cole, The Triffids and The Reivers. It was was recorded with Margo Broom (Phobophobes, Fat White Family, Goat Girl) and features his touring band: Jack Hater (pedal steel) Will Lamport (drums), Richard Ellis (bass) and Harpal Mudhar (percussion / drums). Full of Long’s customary cinematic sense of wonder, still sensitive and pastoral, Upwards of Summer is imbued with a keen energy that takes his music to a whole new level.
Long released his debut album Hoverance to critical acclaim in 2015. This album of “spooky pastoralism” (Mojo 4*s) won praise from The Guardian for its, “twilit ambience and demented beauty”. His followed-up this up with an EP We Are In The Fields, which was praised by Gold Flake Paint who said, “his folk-like tales precisely seasoned with a graceful sense of the outdoor surroundings he placed himself within.”
Tracks received heavy radio rotation from BBC6 Music presenters Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe, as well as on BBC Scotland, Amazing Radio and internationally. To date, Long has over 2 million plays on Spotify. Long spent the summer touring, with many shows in Europe, which were hailed by Sky Arts as “calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake”.
“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)
“A great song.” Elton John (“Take Your Mind Back” for Beats 1)
“Sad, spooky pastoralism of Bill Fay or Nick Drake are touchstones on songs laden with rural imagery and dexterous melody.” Mojo 4*s
“Really, really beautiful” Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music