HE’S BACK, with new melodies to entice, following last year’s Manchester trilogy-concluding album Shortly After Takeoff – an album embraced and drawn close by British music lovers; BC Camplight has opened his account for 2021 with the bright, loose, and melody-packed “I’m Alright In The World”, which you can watch the lyric video for, below.
It speaks of being out on the edge, a well-documented tale of the lovely songcrafter who left a decade of turmoil and homelessness in Philadelphia for Manchester, landed himself a deal with Bella Union, began to find a place in thousands of chests; and reveals his personal little mantra for pulling himself back from the very brink.
Brian says: “This song title is taken from a mantra I’ve used for years to bring myself down from my emotional boiling point.
“I turned the mantra into a song and for the first time in my career I’ve created something that speaks to me, reminding me to breathe and be alright in the world … even if that world is on fire.
“I think I relied on the wisdom I gained from all of the brutally dark periods of my life. I found myself repeating this mantra over and ove r… ‘I’m alright in the world’. Every time the demons came close to the surface I’d say it again. Eventually I figured out that the mantra’s power was magnified tenfold as a piece of music.”
The song was originally intended as a guided meditation (if you listen closely you can hear Christinzio saying “breathe in and out” in the choruses) but morphed into a call and response between dark and light, defeat and victory. Ultimately the light wins and leaves us awash in melancholic contentment, a place we all need to visit right now.
BC Camplight has also announced extensive live plans for summer and autumn and heading right into the spring of 2022; his engagements begin with a run of festival appearances, including at Standon Calling and Green Man, and a hometown show at Manchester’s legendary Ritz. Those dates are as follows:
Tuesday, July 23rd, Standon Calling Festival, Standon;
Saturday, August 14th, Doune The Rabbit Hole Festival, Stirling;
Saturday, August 21st, Green Man Festival, Crickhowell;
Friday and Saturday, August 27th and 28th, Beyond The Tracks, Moseley, Birmingham;
Friday, October 1st, Sound City Festival, Ipswich;
Saturday, October 2nd, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds;
Wednesday, October 6th, Social, Hull:
Saturday, October 9th, Are You Listening Festival, Reading;
Friday, October 22nd, The Sugarmill, Stoke-on-Trent;
Tuesday, October 26th, Phoenix, Exeter;
Wednesday, October 27th, The Globe, Cardiff;
Thursday, October 28th, Wedgewood Rooms, Southsea:
Saturday, October 30th, Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal:
Wednesday, November 17th, The Old Market, Brighton;
Thursday, November 18th, Rescue Rooms, Nottingham;
Saturday, November 27th, The Great Eastern, Edinburgh;
Wednesday, December 8th, O2 Ritz, Manchester;
Friday, January 14th, 2022, Black Box, Belfast;
Saturday, January 15th, Grand Social, Dublin;
Tuesday, March 29th, Trinity Centre, Bristol;
Wednesday, March 30th, Glee Club, Birmingham;
Thursday, March 31st, Newcastle University Students’ Union;
Wednesday, April 1st, Saint Luke’s, Glasgow, and
Saturday, April 6th, O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London.
BC Camplight’s “I’m Alright With The World” is out today on all digital streaming platforms. Shortly After Takeoff is out now from Bella Union digitally, on CD and on vinyl; pick up your copy at the label shop or visit your friendly neighbourhood record store.