The Lake Poets, the solo vehicle for left-field folk artist Marty Longstaff, released a new EP on 29th December consisting of live recordings made at the Sage in Gateshead during a show at that venue shortly before Christmas 2016. Featuring the string section of the Young Musicians Programme (a Sage backed initiative), it includes a version of the single ‘Your Face’, which has racked up over 7 million plays on Spotify, plus four more songs from his self-titled 2015 debut album.
The full EP running order is :
1 Your Face
2 To The Lighthouse
3 Black And Blue
4 See You Tonight
5 Vane Tempest
“The Sage is one of my favourite venues in the UK and the place that every young musician based in the North East dreams of playing, let alone selling out. It was such a special night and I’m so happy to have had the evening recorded. The opportunity to perform with the YMP Strings was too good an offer to miss, and with their help me and my band were able to get these songs to sound how they appeared in my head when I first composed them.”
Currently completing the recording of a new album, Longstaff has announced a tour of intimate venues for April and May 2018.
“Album two is coming very, very soon. I can’t wait to get back out and about playing shows aroundthe UK debuting new material, as well as seeing old friends and meeting new faces along the way.”
Recorded in Nashville’s famed Blackbird Studio and produced by Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, etc), The Lake Poets’ 2015 debut album saw Longstaff’s shimmering, pure voice sit atop intimate, sparsely beautiful arrangements of his songs. Autobiographical lyrical content that was rich in painting the big picture about love and mortality by way of a keen eye for life’s small details also incorporated a heavy dose of social realism, such as in ‘Vane Tempest’ and its story of how the Miners’ Strike affected his father.
Artist’s website: www.thelakepoets.com
‘Your Face’ – official video: