We’re incredibly pleased to share with you some of the only live footage of Bill Fay that’s on the internet. One of only two Later…With Jools Holland shows that was closed to the audience, the other being Scott Walker, this rendition of “The Never Ending Happening” is particularly stunning.
This taping of this performance coincided with the release of Life Is People, his first properly crafted studio album since 1971.
Today marks the worldwide release day for Bill Fay’s acclaimed Who Is The Sender?, the followup to 2012’s Life Is People. Recorded at Ray Davies‘ Konk Studios in North London, the 13 tracks demonstrate the immense talent of the living folk legend. Listen to lead single ‘War Machine’above or on YouTube / SoundCloud page and purchase the album below.
Who Is The Sender? Tracklisting:
1. The Geese Are Flying Westward
2. War Machine
3. How Little?
4. Underneath The Sun
5. Something Else Ahead
6. Order Of The Day
7. Who Is The Sender?
8. Freedom To Read
9. Bring It On Lord
10. A Page Incomplete
11. A Frail And Broken One
12. World Of Life
13. I Hear You Calling (Studio Reunion)
“…built around Fay’s simple, melancholy piano chords and fragile, involving vocals, subtly fleshed out by the same team that made its warmly received predecessor”, adding that “its disarming hymnal beauty and old world sincerity… leap out and penetrate to the heart.”
– David Sheppard // MOJO
Click here to listen in the UK
Click here for the US stream
Bill Fay‘s album, Who Is The Sender? will be released next week, but you can listen now via MOJO in the UK, and NPR‘s First Listen in the US.
Bill Fay’s new album, Who Is The Sender?, out 4/28 on Dead Oceans, is the much anticipated but hardly-dared-hoped-for follow up to 2012’s Life is People, which was Bill’s first solo studio album in 41 years and a deserved critical and commercial success.
Previously, the profoundly affecting song “War Machine” was shared, Fay’s call to people everywhere to stop being complacent to the violence we often don’t realize is being committed in our names. NPR Music then premiered the meditative “Something Else Ahead”, a contemplation on what lies ahead once our time on earth is over. Now, we’re proud to share the gorgeous and slow build of “A Page Incomplete.” Hear it above or on our Soundcloud / YouTube page.
Ladies and Gentleman, Bill Fay is back. His new album Who Is the Sender? is the much anticipated but hardly-dared-hoped-for followup to 2012’s revered Life is People, which was Bill’s first solo studio album in 41 years. His new record Who is the Sender? is out April 27th (Europe) / 28th (North America).
Listen to the second album track “War Machine” now by watching the lyric video above (directed by Phil Poole) or here on YouTube / Dailymotion including scenes from the new album’s recording sessions in Ray Davies‘ Konk Studios in North London. The song is also streaming on our Soundcloud here.
About the album title – Ask Bill Fay about his relationship with his instrument and he says something revealing, not “Ever since I learnt to play the piano”, but “Ever since the piano taught me…” What the piano taught him was how to connect to one of the great joys of his life. “Music gives,” he says. And he is a grateful receiver. But, it makes him wonder, “Who is the sender?”