Last year saw the release of Will Varley‘s Kingsdown Sundown, an album that contained some of the most potent songs of his career to date. Keen to keep that ball rolling he has announced details of his 5th studio album, ‘Spirit Of Minnie’, to be released February 9, 2018, through Xtra Mile Recordings.
After such a well-received 4th album this new album promises some changes, most notably, a full backing band. With producer Cameron McVey at the helm (Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry) the sound palette has been broadened and still underpins Varley’s gift for songwriting whose lyrics range from the melancholic to acerbic wit. Keen to let you all hear the change for yourself, the announcement is accompanied by the release of All Those Stars, his new single which can be heard below. It is available on Spotify and other digital platforms along with his entire back catalogue which, until now, could not be found on any streaming sites.
After a run of UK shows the album will come out on the same day he plays his biggest headline show to date at the iconic 02 Shepherds Bush Empire.
Aided by McVey’s nuanced, widescreen production and the warm cascading sound of his new band, ‘All Those Stars’ offers the perfect first glimpse into ‘Spirit Of Minnie’, straddling Will’s sound and style from past to present. Counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Valerie June and Frank Turner as his fans, and with tours scheduled across Europe and America, the young songwriter from Deal seems poised for greater things in 2018.
Pre-order ‘Spirit Of Minnie’ here https://willvarley.lnk.to/SpiritOfMinnie
WILL VARLEY UK HEADLINE TOUR 2018
30 January BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute 3
31 January NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms
1 February LEEDS Brudenell Social Club
2 February EDINBURGH La Belle Angele
3 February MANCHESTER Club Academy
6 February SOUTHAMPTON 1865
7 February CARDIFF The Globe
8 February BRISTOL Trinity Centre
9 February LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire
photo credit: Brett Walker