(£8 inc. P&P)
……due to ill health. Sorry.
However, Simon Fox will take James’ place so it’s not all bad news.
James Summerfield- ‘2 Brothers Leave Home’ is released officially tomorrow (Monday 28th Jan 2013). You can now purchase a CD from here:
If you want to purchase downloads, the album will be available as from tomorrow at the usual places (Amazon, Play, Itunes, Spotify etc)
You can also go to the Comercially Inviable website
Summerfield reaches Waitrose quality
At some stage in our lives most of us reach a point where you stop trying so hard; when you realise that feelings don’t have to be transient and rebuilt and relearned every day. You become comfortable with your place in the world, you’ve reconciled your ledgers, and you balance. This leads to relaxation and confidence. It’s a kind of ‘accept me as I am’ attitude, for Summerfield it’s a stretching out.
His music has become what it is; no real compromises, it reveals, opens, ‘Where the Water Folds’ introduces itself slowly with acoustic guitar, hints of melody growing maturing. Steel guitar lazy as an indolent breeze, later a flute reinforces the sweet ooze of the song, vocals and backing vocals wrapping around each other; it proceeds at its own pace drawing me in and I’m more than happy to immerse myself.
If you want a few reference points ‘Ben Jones’ is Dawes like and ‘Nervous Dancer’ could be mistaken for M. Ward, and ‘People Talk’ if you squint with your ears could be mistaken for Iron & Wine. Summerfield though, is now his own man; songs like ‘Noel’s House’ show off his skills, this time with electricity, the throb of bass and drums is topped with layers of harmony vocals, the melody builds and reveals itself steadily; the texture thickens, electric guitar distorts just keeping hold of the little finger of the melody. Then there’s ‘Little Steps’ which starts with the drone of machine noise which is supplanted with electric guitar sculpting out the space for the melody adding sweetness under the bell jar of the drone. The harmony and the drone perfect counterpoints for each other, the song simmers along coming to the boil in a soup of guitars, quietly and confidently marking out its place.
With this record Summerfield has, for me, reached a new level, which he sustains throughout. Older releases like ‘Paint the Road’ were muted with a lack of self-confidence. There were bursts of inspiration, now it is sustained. He doesn’t resort to any flimsy, flashy or easy moves, this is probably how the music has always sounded in his head, only now he has the skill and belief to be able to share it.
To celebrate James’ new album ‘2 Brothers Leave Home’ (release date 28th Jan 2013), James will be playing the following shows along with Owen Tromans and Co-Pilgrim. Owen is launching his new E.P.
20th Feb 2013- The Hare and Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham. £5 advance or £7 on the door.
Go to http://www.worldunlimited.co.uk/
24th Feb 2013- The Railway, 3 St. Pauls Hill, Winchester, SO22 5AE
For tickets, go to The Ticket Office
See you there!
Next release on the shambolic Commercially Inviable Records is the lovely new LP from Jimmy Summers. “Two Brothers Leave Home” will be available through all good retailers on 28th Jan 2013, but you can pre-order now (and get 2 tracks) from the label Bandcamp page. All the relevant details are in this here post. If you like what you see and hear, please share around, or even place an order - Jim still owes me money from his 3rd LP x
Follow this link to order and read more
Supporting Rod Picott.
Holy Cross Parish Hall, Chapel Lane, Lichfield, WS14 9DX
Set starts at 20:00
Tickets £10 from firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 13th October 2013, 8:30 at the Cafe Blend, Birmingham. Follow this link for more info: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/oxjam
Meanwhile, you ought to be aware that the new album ‘2 brothers leave home’ won’t be officially released until Dec/Jan 2013 (tbc)
Release date- 22nd October 2012