British singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy is to release her much-anticipated second album The Pendulum Swing on February 16 2024 via Cooking Vinyl. This follows her highly acclaimed 2021 debut The Eternal Rocks Beneath, which announced Priddy as a singular new talent on the contemporary roots music scene. Pre-order: https://KPriddy.lnk.to/ThePendulumSwingPR
Speaking about the single and the wider themes on the album Priddy commented: “Despite its soft and dreamy sound, this song provides the cornerstone around which the album and its themes orbit. It’s inspired by the little old house where I grew up and all the memories captured within those four walls – both for me and for all the other inhabitants who’ve lived there over the centuries. It might just be another terraced cottage to passersby, but to those who’ve called it home, it’s everything.
The album title The Pendulum Swing is taken from a line in this song and describes the urge to leave and the even stronger urge to return – something I’ve felt a lot in recent few years as I’ve tried to carve out a corner for myself elsewhere, but always found myself wandering back, craving the comfort and nostalgia of the past.
It also sums up this second album as a whole quite nicely – my songs have matured since my debut, seeing as most of those were written in my childhood, but despite moving forward and feeling the need to do something different with this second release, I still can’t help but return to those fundamental, unchanging things at the root of it all: home, family, love.
Overall, I wanted this song and the album to feel lived in, and this is captured in part by the ghostly atmospheres, mechanical clockwork sounds, creaking floorboards, indistinct whispers and old tape recordings of my family that are littered throughout. I want to invite the listener to come in, sit down and inhabit the album for a little while, and this song is right at the heart of that.”
‘First House On The Left’ – official video:
Katherine Priddy will take to the road next May for a headline tour in support of The Pendulum Swing:
Wednesday 01 May BRISTOL Strange Brew
Thursday 02 May EXETER Phoenix
Friday 03 May CARDIFF Acapela Studios
Saturday 04 May SHOREHAM Ropetackle Arts Centre
Sunday 05 May BIRMINGHAM The Glee Club
Tuesday 07 May MILTON KEYNES The Stables
Wednesday 08 May MANCHESTER Band on the Wall
Thursday 09 May LIVERPOOL Philharmonic Music Room
Friday 10 May DUBLIN The Sugar Club
Saturday 11 May BELFAST St Joseph’s Church
Tuesday 14 May KENDAL Brewery Arts
Wednesday 15 May YORK The Crescent
Thursday 16 May SALTAIRE The Live Room
Friday 17 May LONDON Union Chapel
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