Here’s the news you’ve been waiting for – the third album from multi-instrumentalist Grawl!x is set for release on limited edition clear 12″ vinyl and digitally on 6 April 2018, via Reckless Yes.
The first single from the album, Don’t Do It To Yourself, is premiering over on God Is In The TV right now and pre-orders for the album will be available later this week. The single features vocals from Pet Crow’s Danielle and across the rest of the album you can find contributions from Haiku Salut, composer Richard J. Birkin and Shelley Jane Newman (Sex Jokes, Might Kids, God,No!).
Appendix follows on from his 2014 debut Good Grief and 2016 follow-up Aye! It was originally supposed to be a piano-only record which then ballooned into something much more ambitious in scope and scale. James had previously worked with TV and film composer Richard J. Birkin, who had contributed to the album Good Grief. They had always talked about doing a full long-player with a string quartet and the new recordings seemed like the ideal opportunity, so Birkin agreed to compose and conduct the string arrangements on Appendix. The results are inspired and utterly dazzling, creating a startlingly cinematic canvas.
Another carefully curated contribution comes from fellow Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut, who added their own unique magic, playing accordion, vibraphone & trumpet respectively and singing as part of the choir which reoccurs throughout the album.
Alongside the album is the release of short film Fleeting, written and directed by Grawl!x and featuring music from the album as its soundtrack. It speaks of love unrequited, love lost, but self-found, of resilience. The music suits the big screen, and the album is often cinematic in scope, and majestic of sweep it is packed with the extraordinary and everyday of love and the joy and sadness that state takes in.
Make sure you are following Grawl!x across social media to get your ears on the music and check where he will be playing. You’ll be able to get your hands on the vinyl early doors by visiting the Reckless Yes stand at Nottingham Label Market on Saturday 10 March 2018.