Long-time followers of Folk Radio UK will be no strangers to Jess Morgan who has featured regularly on our website and was one of our early Folk Radio UK Sessions. Since then she’s been spoiling us with her acutely observed tales of life, love, people and places. Below we have a video premiere for In Brooklyn, a song taken from her new album ‘Edison Gloriette,’ her fourth full length record due for release on 21st October 2016 – an album described as a tumbler of unfancied folk-roots music, with heart, passion and gusto. We couldn’t agree more.
When it came for the Norwich-based singer-songwriter to start recording tracks on ‘Edison Gloriette’ Norway was calling. Jess returned to Bergen team-up with collaborators from her 2010 debut, producer HP Gunderson and producer and studio engineer Daniel Birkeland. She wanted to record slowly and meaningfully following a mad 5 years of touring and rapid releases. 2 weeks in a quiet cabin, alongside a fjord on the outskirts of Bergen was just the right change of pace. ‘We recorded against the most incredible backdrop taking breaks for walks, drinking beer at the water’s edge’ explains Jess.
Back in the UK Jess brought on friends Stephen MacLachlan – to work on percussion – and Ben Savage and Hannah Sanders to record backing vocals (currently one of our Featured Albums of the Month). Noel Dashwood also joined the ‘Edison Gloriette’ dream-team to add some soulful dobro solos.
Edison Gloriette follows on from Jess’ 2010 debut ‘All Swell’, 2012’s ‘Aye Me’ and her highly acclaimed 2014 release ‘Langa Langa’ (read our review here). In summer 2015 Jess released ‘The Bournemouth EP’ which sold out its limited edition run in less than 24 hours.