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Sun-Scorched Songs of Sorrow EP

24th Jul 2022

Sun-Scorched Songs of Sorrow is the second in a series of three EPs that will eventually form my next full-length album.

This collection of four songs is loosely themed around our relationship with the physical world. Unsurprisingly, one of the main topics is the climate crisis, particularly in relation to the systems of capitalism that restrict our actions in tackling it, as explored in “Rags and Questions” and “Jackdaw”.

Not all of the songs are sad, though: “The Two Before the Five” is about pivot points, and the redirection of energy into something unexpected.

“Vignette No. 2” is a reworking of an old song from ten years ago, which only had one verse. (You can hear this on my first album, Roll as a Hexagon.) This new version can stand alone, but also can be viewed as a second verse to the original, documenting another tiny slice of zeitgeist a bit further down the road.

The songs were all written during the last three or four years. At the time of writing them I had not anticipated that I would be releasing them just a few days after the temperature here in the UK had passed 40°C for the first time on record.