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Artist
James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra
ReleaseProduct
The Wide, Wide River
Label
Domino Recording Co
Catalogue Number
WIG484D
Release Date
January 22, 2021

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James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra release ‘The Wide, Wide River’. The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl- Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra.

That communal feeling is apparent across the entire album. Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days, with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players), Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin).

The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs and the only song they heard in advance was ‘Ella Mary Leather’; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead allowed for a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere.

‘The Wide, Wide River’ is a soothing, warm and sublime listen whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.

Digital Track List

  1. 1 Ella Mary Leather 3:05 Buy

    Ella Mary Leather

  2. 2 To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows 7:34 Buy

    To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows

  3. 3 Choices, Like Wide Rivers 2:45 Buy

    Choices, Like Wide Rivers

  4. 4 Struggle 6:35 Buy
  5. 5 There Is No Upside 6:42 Buy

    There Is No Upside

  6. 6 A Droplet Forms 3:47 Buy

    A Droplet Forms

  7. 7 A Very Old-Fashioned Blues 5:07 Buy

    A Very Old-Fashioned Blues

  8. 8 We Test The Beams 4:12 Buy

    We Test The Beams

Track List

Ella Mary Leather
To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows
Choices, Like Wide Rivers Struggle
There Is No Upside
A Droplet Forms
A Very Old-Fashioned Blues
We Test The Beams

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