Bill Fay has shared the new single Salt of the Earth from his upcoming album Countless Branches, due out 17 January on Dead Oceans…
The song features a serene Fay at his most hopeful – retaining the awestruck, inquisitive feel of his early songs – accompanied by a Miles Johnson edited video that includes the first footage of Fay performing since his 2012 Later… with a cheeky Jools Holland appearance.
His third release for Secretly Canadian, alike previous acclaimed recordings Life Is People (2012) and Who Is The Sender? (2015), was produced by Joshua Henry – with the cast list slimmed down from previous sessions. Guitarist Matt Deighton remains as Fay’s trusted MD and the musicians have mostly all played on Fay’s albums in the past. However both Henry and Fay thought that, this time, there should be more of Bill on his own at the piano, or with minimal accompaniment.
It’s at the piano, alongside some rudimentary home recording equipment, where Bill has been composing music in the intervening decades between his first and most-recent album at every chance he could get.
His newest songs, alike his older material, evoke landscapes, ancient and sacred places, as their author traverses the outdoors to marvel at it all. And he is doing it all from that corner of his room at the piano, while the word about his work continues to grow and spread like so many branches. For decades now, Bill Fay’s songs have been his ambassadors.
While still reluctant to play live or make public appearances, Fay’s resolve and his purity shine through the work and make him a special artist, finding his wider world from that corner of the room – and long may he continue to do so.
Fay’s upcoming album Countless Branches is out 17 January. Click here to pre-order your copy now.