An LP full to the brim with slow to medium paced piano ballads may not be to everyones taste but Ralegh Long’s debut LP ‘Hoverance’ seems completely fitting on this wet, wind-swept Sunday morning. This beautiful 10 track release oozes tranquility and leaves one with an overwhelming sense of satisfaction.
The fact that ‘Hoverance’ exists at all is quite remarkable. I for one thought we may have heard the last of Ralegh Long, considering it has been nearly 3 years since the artists last release proper (the Gift EP’s) but the London based artist has managed to bring together an assortment of instrumentalists to complete what is an encouraging start to, what should become, an impressive catalogue of music.
Nothing on the debut is over produced and much of it was recorded in a single take. It’s beautifully atmospheric and you can hear the fragility of Long’s voice on some of the tracks as it strains to keep in tune with its underlying instrumentation. The songs are better for it.
‘All the Leaves Are Gone’ stands out from its fellow bed-mates; a cleverly arranged americana track that offers a slightly more up-beat arrangement than the rest. ‘The Light of the Sun’ is probably the most approachable and radio friendly track as it incorporates cleverly timed tempo changes and a moreish chorus, it’s a wonderful way to introduce yourself to the artist.
The album does fade a little towards its climax, as does its pace. Certainly ‘Beginning of the World’ and ‘The Ride’ don’t have the same approachability as the aforementioned tracks. However, the warmth still remains as does the raw almost live quality of the music (Long’s vocals on ‘The Ride’ seemed strained over the smooth strings).
As i’m sat in my window watching the birds fight against the wind, and people sheltering from spring rain i couldn’t wish for a better soundtrack.
Hoverance is released on 6 April by Gare du Nord.
The full track-listing for ‘Hoverance’ is as follows…
‘The Light of the Sun
‘All the Leaves Are Gone’
‘Song for Matthew’
‘Love Kills All Fear’
‘ The Ride’
‘Beginning of the World’
Raleigh Long can be seen at these venues…
2nd April 2015 – Servant Jazz Quarters, London
3rd April 2015 – Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate