We have a wonderful premiere to share with you from Irish/Canadian BD Harrington, a singer-songwriter, filmmaker and painter raised in Toronto. The song ‘Black Waves‘ which you can listen to above is taken from his forthcoming third album ‘The Diver’s Curse‘ due for release on 8 July via French label, Microcultures.
The lyricism on the album is beautiful. Obvious references spring to mind such as Cohen and Dylan but there are also nods to Townes van Zandt, Wooden Wand and Lambchop. The album’s bleakness is rescued from overwhelming darkness via its diversity and insightful story-telling…
Originally recorded as a more stripped down solo affair, ‘The Diver’s Curse’ was destined for a fuller, more vital sound than the previous releases. With new musicians on board BD subsequently re-recorded the entire album to 1/2 tape, primarily off-the-floor, at the now demolished East London studio-space/underground party venue, The Speaker Palace.
Brimming with powerful melodies and finely-crafted lyrics that mix the abstract with the painfully direct, these songs confront the perils of exploration in both the physical and spiritual. The album is full of cracked cautionary tales of wandering too far, diving down too deep, coming up empty handed or ravaged and torn by what lies beneath the waves, the words, the skin, the promises. They examine the shifting tectonics of love, memory and time, the mysterious intersections where the present meets the past and the endless blood flow of regret and acceptance which courses through everything.
Joining BD is veteran electronic producer Kel McKeown (Kelpe) on drums, Adam Richens (Bethia Beadman) on guitar and Tom Goldsmith (Circulus, Part Chimp) on bass. Serving as a delicate counter-point to BD’s unique vocal delivery is the gorgeous voice of Suzanne Hancock (Barzin).
The album was produced by both Tom Goldsmith and BD Harrington, and mixed by Tom Goldsmith.
The Diver’s Curse is released on July 8th via Microcultures
Pre-Order via Bandcamp here: microcultures.bandcamp.com/album/the-divers-curse