• will varley Spirit of Minnie (CD, £11.50)

    label: Xtra Mile

    Will Varley releases his 5th studio album. Following 2016’s much praised ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, the album marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band. Produced by Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry), the new album expands on the pared back musical palette of Varley’s previous sound, all the while retaining his gift for painterly, affirming and immediate lyric writing. 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. Tracks: All Those Stars / Seven Days / Screenplay / Breaking The Bread / Statue / Spirit Of Minnie / Let It Slide / The Postman / Insect

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