Upwards of Summer

by Ralegh Long

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English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his debut album "Hoverance" to critical acclaim in 2015. This album of "spooky pastoralism" and its follow-up E.P "We Are in the Fields" (2016) won praise from The Guardian, for their “twilit ambience and demented beauty” and from Sky Arts as "calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake".Tracks received radio play from BBC6 Music presenters Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe. To date, Long has over 2 million plays on Spotify.

His second full-length album, "Upwards of Summer" (Make It New Records / Kartel Music Group 2017) marks a change of pace. It is an album that very nearly didn't happen at all. At the end of 2016, worn out and disillusioned, Long found himself wondering whether he would continue making music. Instead, he tackled the burn-out by writing, "remembering what it what it felt like to pick up a guitar for the first time, and tapping into that place of instinct”. He then took these songs into the studio with his touring band and producer Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Phobophobes, Goat Girl) for a one-week stint - a liberating process he credits with "healing [his] relationship with music." Long says, "I didn't doubt, I didn't second guess, I just trusted myself and I trusted those around me.' The resulting album is a revelation. The piano, strings and woodwind of his debut are nowhere to be seen, exchanged for a jangle of chorus guitars and anthemic hooks that make up a thrillingly confident return - a powerful set of songs exploring the binaries of frustration and excitement, youth and age, restlessness and homesickness.

The first single, "Take Your Mind Back", immediately landed on Spotify's The Indie List, and was picked up by Elton John for his Beats1 Radio show. Full of Long's customary cinematic sense of wonder, Upwards of Summer is nonetheless imbued with a keen energy that takes his music to a whole new level. Uncut described the record as joining 'the moods of R.E.M and Beck's Sea Change' and Clash celebrated it as the portrait of 'an artist revitalised and brimming with enthusiasm'.

"He seems incapable of sitting at a piano and coming up with anything that doesn’t tremble with almost mystical longing ... you’ll be reminded variously of Nilsson, early Todd Rundgren, even Alex Chilton at his most overwrought and wracked." The Guardian

“A great song” Elton John

"Sad, spooky pastoralism of Bill Fay or Nick Drake are touchstones on songs laden with rural imagery and dexterous melody." Mojo 4*s

"Really, really beautiful". Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music

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released June 23, 2017

Coming into Norway with the family
I saw everything reflected in a rivalry
You to me are dearer than I let you be
I was pinioned by the voices of conformity

And all the while I've been alone
The past has got so overgrown
And everything you are to me
I take it as a victory I can take it
Take It

Out to watch the seals in the estuary
I saw everything dissolving right in front of me
You were on the top deck where the wind was playing
I was staring out, back to land

And understand I understand we always need a helping hand
Like rivers flowing to the sea we punctuate the mystery when we
Take It

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Second Album Upwards of Summer released June 23rd 2017

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Track Name: Take Your Mind Back
Watching the sun rising on a distant curve rising in the middle lane of the night
You say you need it, you said it's on watch the evening shadows in the rain
Take your mind back, take your mind back
Take your mind back. All the lonely vistas of your soul.
Ruby says come see her in the middle of the night You can watch the T.V flicker in the fading light Endless pictures, looking for a picture of your face push it to the side and move on
Something is bothering you I can see it like aflicker in the corner of your eye Something is buried on you I can see it like a flicker in the corner of your eye
Take your mind back, take your mind back
Take your mind back. All the lonely vistas of your soul.
Track Name: Sleeping on my Dreams
Nights when the flow of the river
is a current leading back to you
Whole days leaning out the window
wondering what I'm going to do

Ain't that a thing, I'm just sleeping on my dreams

While I sit counting down the hours til I get to leave
Rain laps at my feet
reminding me I'm just a figure in a cycle

Ain't that a thing, I'm just sleeping on my dreams

Sleeping on my dreams Sleeping on my dreams

Ain't that a thing, I'm just sleeping on my dreams
Track Name: Upwards of Summer
I'm on my way home,
Bells in the sky count down the hours as the passers pass us by
Ice in the freezer, 3 ft deep
and I'm counting down the hours now until I get some sleep

Upwards of summer, down wind of rain beautiful people I won't see again Morning has broken, so has my mind And I want to see the bridges
More than I want to see the tide.

Chorus of insects is tuning up
A little child takes a sip from his mother's cup
The Cats are inquisitive
They're eating for release
And I'm couting down the hours now until I get some sleep

Upwards of summer, down wind of rain beautiful feelings I won't feel again Morning has broken, so has my mind And I want to see the bridges
More than I want to see the tide.
Track Name: Big August
You know it's going to happen, whether you like it or not
The sun comes out and things flatten and evertyhing I've got
Turns from water red and blue
I see you
In the Big August

You know it's going to be
A better year, wait and see
You know it's going to ride down the walls that seperate you from me
In Big August, it's Big August

Bugs the size of my feet
When they're in their shoes
Greens the colour of orange
Reds the colour of blues
In Big Augst, it's Big August
Track Name: You're So Right
Somehow, these days feel new
And what's worse it hurts when you go

You're so right

Put the music on up the stairs
and the wind will blow
and the wind will blow all the bags around up into the sky

It's so Right

Have a swim or two, read a book or two, with a friend or two
Have a swim or two, read a book or two, with a friend or two

It's so Right
Track Name: Into the Woods
Why don't you dry your eyes?
Whey don't you go outside?
Butterflies are choking on their rivals
I spied a real chance, I spied a real chance
We go into the woods now where darkness and creepers wait
We're walking on leaf mould we left out shoes at the gate
I'm turning the corner and I'm looking back,
The world returns, my mind returns.

Yeah I moved town again
But no the sky's the same
I did my best to keep my head down
But I wasn't happy, no I wasn't happy at all
We go into the woods now where darkness and creepers wait
We're walking on leaf mould we left out shoes at the gate
I'm turning the corner and I'm looking back
Into a world of fairground rides open windows sleep before it's dark.

I'm getting home It's getting light in the sky.
Track Name: The Combine
The Combine is harvesting The last of the fields
The windows are darkening The last man walking home
I have stood in windows like this unnoticed, I have seen what I have missed
I have been haunted by what I have been told

The rain is a messenger
Alone and unknown
To those who before us walk the little hill by Emlyn's court.
Those who stood in windows like this Unnoticed, those who saw what others missed Their eyes are haunted by a world in retreat
Track Name: Heart on the Line
When it feels like the world's on my shoulder
And I don't know where I belong
When each moment make me feel older
And the world takes the voice from my song
Lead me back to my heart on the line

When I ask is there anywhere different, Anywhere with the glaze of the new When I ask is anyone listening
In the corner there's always you
Pulling me back to my heart on the line
Track Name: Home
There's something inside you Inside the night
A sense of leaving
Coming back
To an old house
When you were youger
And it gets you thinking that everyone
has told you lies
strung you on
into the eyes
of tomorrow
with all there promises
I think about taking it back
I think about winding it in
Down the bumpy track where you fit in Where you fit in
Someone is calling
From the steps
Above the winding of the years And you can't keep the feeling in It falls out of you like rain
I think about taking it back
I think about winding it in
Down the bumpy track where you fit in Where you fit in
And all the ghosts of tomorrow The promises of today
They all crowd the windows Saying we're gonna make it out ok
I think about taking it back
I think about winding it in
Down the bumpy track where you fit in Where you fit in