Upwards of Summer

by Ralegh Long

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English songwriter Ralegh Long's second full-length album Upwards of Summer marks a change of pace. The piano, strings and woodwind of his 2015 debut Hoverance are nowhere to be seen, exchanged for the jangle of chorus guitars, mandolins and anthemic hooks in a thrilling, confident album. Themes of freedom and frustration are wrapped in exhilarating power-pop with magnificently crafted arrangements, neatly combining the fragile pastoral beauty of his previous material with deliciously woozy psychedelic country-rock.

Teaming up with producer Margo Broom (Fat White Family, Phobophobes and Goat- Girl), Long cut the album in a week at Margo’s Hermitage Works Studios in North London. It was recorded with his touring band, including Hefner‘s Jack Hayter on Pedal Steel who, alongside Long’s vocal and lyrical tics, represents the most obvious continuation from ‘Hoverance’. He was also joined by Will Lamport on drums, Harpal Mudhar on percussion and drums and Richard Ellis on bass, whilst Long played mandolin, guitars and keyboards.

The new album found its gestation during heavy touring in 2016, in a period of change during which Long says he was unsure if he was going to carry on making music. However, once he got back to England he started writing the album, remembering "what it was like to pick up a guitar for the first time, and tap into that place of instinct”.

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released June 23, 2017

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Ralegh Long London, UK

Second Album Upwards of Summer released June 23rd 2017

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"Demented Beauty” - The Guardian

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