Announcing the release of Clarity In Dusk – the third studio album by East Northants alternative rock band Stevie Jones and the Wildfires featuring front man Stevie Jones, the main songwriter, now based in Kings Cliffe and a regular figure on the local music scene.
The first seeds of the tracks were sown during Covid lockdowns when Stevie wrote and released a stripped down solo acoustic album Come In From The Rain in 2020. Many of those compositions were inspired by solitary walks late in the day in the local countryside including the fields and woods around Helpston – the home village and creative force behind the poems of ‘Peasant Poet’ John Clare.
Once the band reconvened after the pandemic, they began to carve out which songs worked as a full band adding newer songs into the mix and returned to Deadline Studio Leicester in early 2023 to collaborate again with producer Adam Ellis who had worked on their previous album. Topically Clarity In Dusk covers a range of subjects including solace in nature, romance, domestic abuse, reflection on ageing and loss and the current threat posed to the environment by the rapid over development of the countryside. Musically it takes you on a journey through a variety of different genres. There’s a raw alt folk rock honesty where previous comparisons of New Model Army and The Levellers can be sited but there’s also a melodic Americana influence in the guitar-led songs in some of the arrangements. Elements of Porcupine Tree and Steven Wilson who Stevie discovered during the writing can be heard in some of the more progressive rock moments.
Whilst all tracks are individually strong it is aimed to go against the grain of the current playlist generation and listened to as a whole album (maybe on a walk?) with all the songs hanging together as a solid body of work. Clarity In Dusk is scheduled for full international streaming release on Oct 13th, 2023, which ties in with a special album launch show at Mama Liz’s Stamford that evening. Special guests will be Northants Indie Rockers Yodaclub plus Peterborough’ songsmiths Nick Corney + The Buzzrats.
Doors are at 7.30pm with an 11pm curfew. Tickets are £7 adv/£10 door available from We Got Tickets www.wegottickets.com/event/589426 or the venue’s website https://mamaliz.co.uk/whats-on/
A lead single ‘Carmen ‘ is available now on all good digital platforms. The accompanying video showing a brief insight into the making of the bands’ new music was created by Neil Matthews: https://youtu.be/cUTnpxrzEnA
Artists’ website: www.steviejones.com
‘Carmen’ – promo video:
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