Still Some Light: Part 2: Double Vinyl LP
Label: Dead Ocean
Release Date: 6th May
Bill Fay is an archetypal cult artist but not an enigmatic obscurio mystery cult artist, he's of the ilk where their style, storytelling and music never found its place when it was originally released. It's an old fable but Bill is no cliche for his music deft performances, his character portrayals and imagery that he paints have influenced artists as broad as Mary Lattimore, Kevin Morby and Steve Gunn, who have all covered his songs. Still Some Light pt. 2 is Bill at his most intimate, consisting of demos and home recordings from 2009, it's a mode that musicians like Fay are at their best and at this late period highlights a second peak of sorts.
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Bill Fay has always sung about attempting to understand the most universal questions: those of nature, spirituality, humanity. His songs are “calming hymns for another chaotic time”, he says. His influence can be traced through many artist’s work, and so it only seemed right to celebrate this with a collection of newer voices interpreting his timeless tracks. Originally released in 2010 by David Tibet (Current 93), Still Some Light was released as a double CD, made up of 70’s album demos (Disc One) and 2009 home recordings (Disc Two). This year, for the first time, this collection of recordings will be pressed to vinyl and released digitally, presented alongside contemporary reimaginings of the tracks by Kevin Morby, Steve Gunn, Julia Jacklin and Mary Lattimore. Bill Fay’s words and melodies remain unaffected by the passing of time and changing trends; and here alongside the original recordings, these reinvented versions still calmly guide us through another moment of chaos.
Bill Fay’s Still Some Light was originally released on compact disc as a two CD collection in 2010. Reimagined with new artwork and available for the first time ever on vinyl, Dead Oceans is pleased to present Still Some Light Pt. 1, collecting Fay’s archival recordings from 1970 and 1971. Many of the songs are intimate sketches which were eventually re-recorded for Fay’s self-titled debut and for his landmark album, Time of the Last Persecution. This double LP set includes heart wrenching versions of some of his timeless works, such as “I Hear You Calling” and “Pictures of Adolf Again”, and features equally powerful songs like “Arnold is a Simple Man” and “Love is the Tune,” which only appear in this collection.
My Eyes Open
Solace Flies In
Long Way from Tipperary All Must Have a Dream War Machine
There Is a Valley
Road of Hope
City of Dreams
Time to Wake Up Now Hello Old Tree Anthems
Still Some Light
Fill This World with Peace
I will Remain Here Diamond Studded Days God Give Them Rest
Keep Turning the Pages Your Life Inside
I Thought I Heard Someone
Be at Peace with Yourself All at Once
Peace on Earth
Here Beneath the Vail I Wonder