Will Varley has reached an unstoppable velocity since signing with Xtra Mile Recordings in 2015 and shows no signs of slowing down as he announces fourth album ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ out 4th November 2016.
With the follow-up to the stellar ‘Postcards From Ursa Minor’, an album that propelled Will into unexplored territory, return tours with The Proclaimers and unbelievable summer festival sets, he continues to build upon broken spirits with this set of almost unbearably raw songs. First track to be lifted from the album is ‘To Build A Wall’ – an unnervingly timely indictment of simplistic solutions to incredible complex problems on both sides of the pond.
Recorded underneath a pub by the sea in Deal, Kent as the waves roared outside, ‘Kingsdown Sundown’ is a bleak and uncompromising critique of the human condition, journeying deep into our dreams, faults, regrets and politics. The songs are more visceral and uneasy than before, with fights in KFC descending into world wars, the all too real plight of refugees and the recent rise in hate crime. A collection of folk songs written over the course of the last year while travelling and touring – written on tour buses and trains, scribbled on the back of set lists and receipts – Will says “these are the most honest songs I’ve ever written and they represent new ground for me creatively. They may not be radio friendly, or even ‘friendly’ at all, but I’ve been wanting to make a record like this for a long time.”
He will also begin a headline tour in November so be sure to catch him then if you like what you hear.
Will Varley UK & Ireland Headline Tour
08/11 Glasgow, King Tuts 09/11 Manchester, Gorilla 10/11 Newcastle, Cluny 11/11 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms 15/11 Portsmouth, The Wedgewood Rooms 16/11 Bristol, Thekla 17/11 Brighton, Komedia 18/11 London, Union Chapel 23/11 Galway, Roisin Dubh 24/11 Dublin, Whelans 25/11 Belfast, The Sunflower 26/11 Cork, Cyprus Avenue