Our Song of the Day comes from Findlay Brown with Ride into the Sun taken from his forthcoming solo album, ‘Slow Light’ due out on 25th September 2015.
According to the press release the new album was written over a two-year period and marks a definite return to the folk-pop sound of Findlay’s 2007 debut album ‘Separated By The Sea’. Besides the more immediately obvious influence of folk luminaries like Tim Hardin and Jackson C Frank, and the widescreen orchestral chamber pop of Scott Walker and Serge Gainsbourg’s late 60s/ early 70s output (check Findlay’s bass sound), the groove and ambience is more subtly informed by Krautrock bands like Harmonia – particularly 1975’s ‘Deluxe’ – and the mariachi-styled soundtracks of Ennio Morricone. The non-musical elements are suggested by Findlay’s interest in spirituality, history and psychedelics (Terence McKenna, Graham Hancock) and the poetry of Rumi and Kahlil Gibran.
Says Findlay: “I see what I’m doing now as the beginning of something – in a sense I’m always trying to find a new way to say the same thing. “Musically I’m often looking for new things to experiment with: Songwriting, style and production, but also trying to come at it from a different way, internally. ‘Make A Getaway’ stands out to me because it has all of the elements of the album in one song: Folk, groove and melody. It’s cinematic and lyrically captures the feeling of the album – which as a whole is more of a representation of my musical journey than my previous work – I feel closer to finding my own voice. I think the new thing for me this time, was minimal music like Terry Riley and Philip Glass – music I’ve always liked but never used as a direct influence on my own compositions.”
‘Slow Light’ is released via DPC Records on 25th September 2015.