“…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
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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?”
We had the immense pleasure of releasing Bill Fay’s first studio album in over 40 years back in August. Today, we share his final interview of 2012. Bill sheds light on his plans for the future, influences on Life is People and life in general. “I personally need to believe that this world just can’t go on and on and on in the way that it goes.” Read the interview at Aquarium Drunkard!
Midheaven Mailorder just announced the availablity of Bill Fay’s self-titled debut, originally released in 1970, on their site. 4 Men With Beards is reissuing the album on 180 gram LP. You’ll find it HERE.
Year-End Love for Bill Fay
“Intimate piano balladry from an English folk-rock elder who spent his 40 years away from the recording studio gathering the wisdom that makes his music so generous and graceful.” – NPR’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012
Many have asked for a live performance and alas we are excited to share this gem of a video. Bill Fay visited the BBC’s Later with Jools Holland last week and delivered a beautiful rendition of “Never Ending Happening.” It’s a single from his album Life Is People, recently listed at No. 3 on Mojo Magazine’s Best Albums of 2012. Enjoy above!