M G BOULTER
A SHADOW FALLS OVER NEW BRIGHTON
***NEW EP & CLIFFTOWN SOUNDS***
DL - 03/06/22
“a Martin Parr photo essay in song.” Blabber ‘n’ Smoke
"superb song writing” Folk Radio
“wonderful observer of both his surroundings and people….” Fatea
Following on from the release of M G Boulter’s highly acclaimed album Clifftown and its accompanying podcast series (The Clifftown Podcast), M G has recorded a digital EP set to be released on Hudson Records in June 2022, as well as an online resource for the entire Clifftown project called Clifftown Sounds. A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton EP is a continuation of the narrative set up in Clifftown delving further into seaside suburbia and vignettes of ordinary life, all based on M G’s own experiences of growing up in Southend-on-Sea. He says:
“When putting my mind to the preparation of the Clifftown album in early 2019 I collected around twenty five songs for inclusion, knowing full well the first process was to whittle these down to a manageable amount which could be recorded in the time we had to make the record. A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton EP presents four songs from that collection which further contribute to the atmosphere of my Clifftown project and the themes I am exploring’.
As with Clifftown the songs here have a strong seaside theme and represent the suburban experience, as heard in the title track and ‘Middle English’. Playing to M G’s interest in hidden histories, the song ’Lady Arabella’ charts the demise of Lady Arabella Stuart, first cousin to King James I and her desperate attempt to escape England via Southend in the Seventeenth Century.
A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton EP was recorded in Sheffield over the first days of 2022. Nestled in a quiet neighbourhood subdued from Christmas and New Year celebrations the songs were crafted with the help of Helen Bell on violin (Jon Boden, The Old Dance School), Harriet Bradshaw on cello and piano (John Bramwell) and Andy Bell the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning producer who captured the sounds in-between the muted noises of suburbia, which is as it should be for a return to Clifftown.
The accompanying Clifftown Sounds website is an immersive digital resource which collects all the material associated with the Clifftown album in one interactive place, it also includes the podcast series, maps, essays and recordings.
A Shadow Falls Over New Brighton is a Digital release available on 3rd June 2022.
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