James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra - The Wide, Wide River [LP]
Catalogue No.: WIGLP484
Release Date: 22nd January 2021
James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra release ‘The Wide, Wide River’. The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl- Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra.
That communal feeling is apparent across the entire album. Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days, with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players), Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin).
The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs and the only song they heard in advance was ‘Ella Mary Leather’; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead allowed for a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere.
‘The Wide, Wide River’ is a soothing, warm and sublime listen whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.
CD with printed inner wallet plus 16-page booklet.
LP in lavish gatefold sleeve with printed inner.
Available to independent retailers on transparent green vinyl in gatefold sleeve with printed inner.
Press - Reviews in Hi-Fi News & Record Review, RnR/R2, Uncut, Mojo, Loud and Quiet. Features in Mojo, Uncut, Off The Beat and Track.
Radio - 6 Music Tom Robinson interview feature.
Ella Mary Leather
To Soothe Her Wee Bit
Choices, Like Wide Rivers
There Is No Upside
A Droplet Forms
A Very Old-Fashioned
We Test The Beams
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