Get a taster of Casual Labour with new track Mary.
P.D. LIDDLE has announced his debut solo album, and better still it will be yours to enjoy this Friday via Xtra Mile Recordings!
About Casual Labour, the first studio outing from the ex-Dry the River frontman, P.D. Liddle says: “When I was younger, I thought you wrote about the big events and huge milestones in your life – that you need emotional peaks and troughs to inspire you, but just participating in daily life is much more inspiring for me… The ethos of this record was if it’s really difficult, you’re not doing it right. If you’re having to push hard against something it’s probably not working. It was finding the path of least resistance… It’s been a nice journey, discovering that.”
To mark the announcement, Liddle has revealed the enigmatic video for Uncanny Valley, plus has revealed a new follow-up track Mary.
Slow-burning folk rock splendour hallmarked with Liddle’s singular vocal signatures, Uncanny Valley and Mary will sit alongside first single release You Shouldn’t Have Called on the forthcoming album.
As the vocalist and lyricist of East London folk-rock outfit Dry the River, Peter Liddle is a musician who has a proven pedigree. In releasing their widely acclaimed debut Shallow Bed (2012) and its equally accomplished follow-up Alarms In The Heart (2014), the band amassed a passionate and dedicated following.
Dry the River may have parted ways in 2015, but those loyal listeners can take comfort as Liddle returns to limelight with a captivating first solo venture in Casual Labour.
Laced with the hushed celestial tones and nuanced lyrical observations that have always separated Liddle from his songwriting peers, Casual Labour delivers nine tracks of modern folk of the highest order.
Written gradually in the years that have elapsed since Dry the River disbanded, Liddle’s first solo release came together in his spare time as he turned his attention to a new career and began studying law. Taking shape in a box room in Bristol with vocals recorded in the early hours of the morning, Liddle was slow to realise he had laid the foundations of a solo album.
In due course, Liddle invited some old friends to a studio in Devon to flesh out those early demos. The finished article sees guest appearances and contributions from members of the Dry the River family including Scott Miller on bass, Patrick Pearson on keys, and Will Harvey arranging and performing strings, plus an appearance from singer/songwriter Matthew Reynolds (touring tech and “spiritual advisor” from the DtR days).
The resultant record was Casual Labour – completed in just under 5 days, with Peter Miles (Eliza & The Bear, Lonely The Brave, The King Blues) taking production duties.
Casual Labour will be released on 13th July 2018, coinciding with a special live appearance at this year’s 2000 Trees Festival in the Cotswolds, and directly follows a string of comeback performances including his sold-out headline show at The Omeara, London in the Spring, plus sets at Frank Turner’s Lost Evenings 2 and Live At Leeds 2018.