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LSTN: Stream Bill Fay’s New Album – ‘Life Is People’ at Paste, Interview at NPR’s Weekend Edition

Premiering earlier this morning at Paste, Bill Fay’s Life Is People is available from start to finish. Thus far the first couple of tracks have been warmly embraced by fans and critics alike. Prepare yourself for quite the listening experience. Stream the album above. Life Is People is out today in the UK and tomorrow, August 21 in the US. Find your copy at SC Distribution.

Over the weekend, Bill gave a delightful interview on NPR’S Weekend Edition. He touches on the album’s founding stories, giving us insight to some of the personal experiences that influenced his first studio album in over forty years. Listen to Bill Fay: A Cult Figure Returns, Skeptical But Optimistic.

“When I was on holidays with my dad as a kid, we’d sit in seaside cafes and he’d watch people walking by. … He was astonished at it and he would say, ‘Life is people.’ That was quite emotional for me, to sort of have him on board so to speak on his own view on life.” -Bill Fay

LSTN: Bill Fay Premieres New Track “This World” and Wilco Cover “Jesus, Etc.”

It’s been quite the wait, but we assure you, it’s worth it. Today, Bill Fay shares two new tracks from his highly-anticipated album Life Is People. Premiering today at Pitchfork, the first track, “This World,” features guest vocals from Jeff Tweedy. Listen above. A longtime Bill Fay fan and supporter, Tweedy famously covered his song “Be Not So Fearful” in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart and continues to do so at live shows. Bill returns support to Tweedy on the second track offered for streaming today. It’s a cover of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” Stream below!

Life Is People comes out next Tuesday, August 21. Pre-order now from SC Distribution. You also have the option to pre-order from Other Music and when you do, you’ll immediately receive a download of the entire album before it hits stores!

PRAISE FOR LIFE IS PEOPLE

“Truly, the album of a lifetime” -Independent UK

“astonishing…I hope and believe that this beautiful, hard-won music will be listened to for generations to come.” -MOJO, Instant MOJO Classic

“the staggering return of a great lost cult artist…an awe-inspiring experience” -Q

“Fay’s most diverse, divergent album” -Uncut, 9/10 stars

“Bill Fay is one of the greats — this is a beautiful album” -Nick Cave

WATCH: New Bill Fay Video “Be at Peace With Yourself”

Premiering earlier today at Aquarium Drunkard, the new Dan Huiting directed video for Bill Fay’s “Be At Peace With Yourself” takes the viewer on a wonderful journey through some spectacular landscapes. It fully encompasses the song’s message and offers a soothing visual to one of the stand-out tracks from Fay’s forthcoming album, Life Is People. The new album is out August 21.

“The video was shot all over the world. The opening shots and many of the cloud/water/mountain shots are from the east coast of Australia, shot by Dylan Wiehahn. Much of the aerial shots were shot in the American Northwest by Tabb Firchau, And the rest of the road and aerial shots were shot by myself in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York.” -Dan Huiting

NPR’s All Songs Considered featured Bill Fay on their latest episode. Listen to the podcast HERE.

LSTN: Bill Fay Featured On NPR’s All Songs Considered

The long wait for new music from English singer-songwriter Bill Fay is finally over! Today, NPR’s All Songs Considered premieres Bill Fay’s new single, “Never Ending Happening” off his forthcoming album, Life Is People, out on August 21. On their Summer Music Preview, Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton feature some of summer’s most anticipated releases. Alongside Bill Fay are songs from Cat Power, Grizzly Bear, Avett Brothers, and Jeff the Brotherhood. Listen to the show HERE.

In addition to the All Songs Considered inclusion, Robin Hilton continues the Fay coverage in Old Music Tuesday: Bill Fay’s ‘Be Not So Fearful.’ Hilton writes, “The title of his new record says a lot about Fay’s work. His songs are often existential, full of a quiet awe and wonder. He’s a plainspoken lyricist who seeks to make sense of an often baffling world, finding eternal truths — love, compassion, humility — on both a cosmic and personal scale. It’s so good to hear him back in fine form.” Head over to the All Songs Considered Blog to read the post.

Dead Oceans Welcomes Bill Fay, First Studio Album in Over 40 Years Out August 21

Bill Fay is one of England’s best kept secrets – a genuine national treasure and we are delighted to release what we believe is his true masterpiece. Titled Life is People, the new record is Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971 and it’s out on August 21.

Back at the dawn of the 1970s, Fay was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but quickly disappeared from the music scene, leaving his LPs and his reputation to become cult items, namedropped by the likes of Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy and Jim O’Rourke. But he never stopped dreaming, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced a record that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.

And it’s a stunning return to form. The lush and expansive effect is completed by a cello, string quartet and a gospel choir, electric organs and pianos and a rich weave of acoustic and electric guitars. Ranging from intimate to cosmic, epic but never grandiose, Bill’s deeply committed music reminds you of important, eternal truths, and the lessons to be drawn from the natural world, when the materiality and greed threaten to engulf everything.

PRAISE FOR BILL FAY

“I can’t think of anyone whose records have meant more in my life.” -Jeff Tweedy

“Each one of the records Bill Fay has put out in four decades is different, and each is indispensable. His graceful melodies, elegantly plain lyrics, and mystical tenderness towards all life move me like little else does. He is rock music’s conscience.” -Will Sheff

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