Former Maccabees vocalist Orlando Weeks strides out on his own later in the year with his debut album, A Quickening, and has shared a new single from the album this week.
The multi-discipline, multi-instrumentalist flexes his soulful side with “Blood Sugar“, a downbeat piece expressing love, fear and wonder in an overwhelming yet delicate manner.
Following on from the single “Safe In Sound”, the latest single follows a similar formula in evoking a warmth from Week’s almost Bronski Beat vocals offset by the forlorn melodies that provide an at times cascading backdrop for Week’s to play within.
A Quickening was created with the help of Weeks’ old friend Nic Nell, who produced, engineered and mixed the album. The pair collaborated on the music the accompanied Weeks’ 2012 graphic novel, Young Colossus.
The album also highlights select performances from members of Weeks’ live band: Caruso (drums on “Blame Or Love Or Nothing” and “All The Things”), Sami El-Enany (piano on “Takes A Village” and “Summer Clothes”), and Will Petherbridge (the freewheeling solo on “St Thomas’’).
1. Milk Breath
2. Blood Sugar
3. Safe In Sound
4. St. Thomas
5. Takes A Village
6. Moon’s Opera
7. All The Things
8. Blame Or Love Nothing
9. None Too Tough
10. Summer Clothes