December 7th, 2013
Track Of The Day 6/12 – David Ward
Slowly Through The Night
Robin Murray /
It’s all about the voice.
Sure, songwriting counts – why wouldn’t it? The arrangement is key, while percussion can make the difference between life changing and simply OK.
But at the core, at the centre, it’s the voice which keeps everything together. Hailing from Vancoucer, David Ward is blessed with a high, trailing singing voice, the sort of thing which could recite the phonebook and have an audience in tears.
Thankfully, his material is a little more in depth than that. Crafting an EP trilogy, David Ward measures his music in ‘Departures’, ‘Borders’ and ‘Arrivals’ – three poetic documents, three methods of exploring the world.
Recently arriving on British soil, David Ward has confirmed plans for a short burst of shows. To coincide with this, Clash is delighted to be able to showcase new cut ‘Slowly Through The Night’.
Sure, there are comparisons to be made to Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke here, but – falsetto aside – there’s not much to tie David Ward in with those artists.
Exploratory, ever-evolving songcraft, his is a beautiful, very solitary universe.
Listen to it now.
December 5th, 2013
A turning of the tides…just got hooked up with a gig tomorrow (Friday, Dec 6) night in Manchester with Sofar Sounds – curated, secret, intimate gigs in living rooms around the world. They spotlight emerging artists by introducing them to connectors and new fans through a unique concert experience that is then shared and streamed to music-lovers around the world. This also means we’re driving from Birmingham, after our interview with Soweto Kinch, to Cambridge, for an interview with Prescription PR, then to Manchester to play the show. It reminds of what my keyboard player’s Uncle Curly said of our last tour through the UK…”You must have booked this tour alphabetically.”
December 4th, 2013
I played a show a few days ago at one of my favourite record shops in the UK, Sound it Out Records. Such a pleasure to come back to the shop, see that they are thriving with a brand new extension and play for a warm and engaged audience. We discovered the shop over a year ago through an independent documentary called Sound it Out that Jeanette and I watched in research for our own. Check it out. It was one of the most surreal and magical gigs of the last UK tour to play inside the shop, surrounded by all of the real life characters from the film.
The staff here are so great and generous. I look forward to the next visit. And if you’re in the area, stop by the shop. You won’t be disappointed.
December 3rd, 2013
Photography by Jeanette Wilkinson. Last night in Glasgow at BOX. Thanks to all of the other bands who stuck around to listen. Fun night of music.
NOTE: Manchester show tonight at The Castle has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies to anyone that was planning on coming. We were very much looking forward to the show. The Castle is of my favourite venues in the UK and Red Balloon puts together great shows.
November 29th, 2013
Spent two whirlwind days in London. We were conducting interviews for the Redbud Films, indie music doc. We started with Martin Mills, head of Beggars Group, the largest independent label group in the world which includes taste-making labels like 4AD and XL Recordings, followed by an interview with artist manager Richard Austen-Smith who manages some of the most successful and exciting musicians in the independent scene including Anna Calvi and Mount Kimbie. The next day we talked to streaming giant, Spotify to address both the recent controversy and perhaps misconceptions about their payout system and the future of music consumption. We finished off with a trip to the iconic Rough Trade record shop about which was famously said by Don Letts,’If music is your religion, Rough Trade is your church.’
Photograph: Richard Austen-Smith and myself by Jeanette Wilkinson.