Upwards of Summer

by Ralegh Long

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English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his debut album Hoverance to critical acclaim in 2015. Leaving his adopted London, Long returned to his childhood home to write an album of singular grace and simplicity, steeped in natural imagery and "Spooky pastoralism" (MOJO). Hoverance 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". Both records received support from Spotify as well as from BBC6 Music presenters Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe.

His second album, Upwards of Summer was released in June 2017 and won the HMUK and Pledge Music Emerging Artists Award. CLASH declared it 'the sound of an artist revitalised and brimming with enthusiasm'. Written during a time of personal change, when Long was unsure if he was going to continue making music, and recorded with his touring band - in a process that Long credits with "healing [his] relationship with music" - Upwards of Summer is a revelation. The somber string and woodwind arrangements of Hoverance are nowhere to be seen; the melodicism of his debut is instead fused with the jangle of chorus guitars and anthemic hooks in a thrillingly confident return. The album has received acclaim from Elton John, as well as support from Spotify, and UNCUT who likened it to "Rattlesnakes-era Lloyd Cole", R.E.M and Beck's Sea Change.


"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

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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

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