A Blaze of Feather have announced the details of their sophomore record Labyrinth which is set to be released on August 14th.
The group arrived in much mystery in 2017 when they began appearing on festival bills despite not releasing a track, it then emerged it was the project of singer-songwriter Mickey Smith, who is a member of Ben Howard’s band. All six members of Howard’s band including the Brit Award-winning artist himself featured in this new outfit whose debut record was met with mass acclaim.
Following the release of single ‘Clock Hands’, Smith has now shared the new single ‘Magpie’ as well as sharing details of the upcoming new album from the Cornish based band.
Speaking on ‘Magpie’, he says: “It’s a kind of love letter to West Cornwall where I’m from, so it speaks for the whole record in a way. There’s a wild old energy about the place. Mischief in the air coloured with lost things. The local clubs are the Magpies or the Pirates. Kind of sums up the vibe one way or another down here. Memories always flood my mind, every corner is a trigger. I try and appreciate the magic in the air despite this wonkiness and despair beneath the surface.
“Penzance is the last stop on the train tracks and it is the Wild West in its own way. I began writing the song from the perspective of dementia slowly stealing my Nan’s memory. She’s never been past Truro and all she knows is here, she’s as Cornish as they come. It gradually became about that disconnect I felt in parallel though. How sometimes it’s easier to embrace apathy than deal with the real shit, whether that’s through burying your head in the sand or partying hard.”
He then added: “Everything seems to be out of reach as a kid. The cities and the chance of work, anything of consequence is owned by someone far away. It’s like you’ve already been forgotten before you’ve even begun living. Apathy becomes the obvious option and that can have heavy consequences. There’s still this mystical energy here though: watchful, charged and present. You have to be wily enough to steal a glance at the secrets sleeping wherever you are before your chances really have gone I guess.”
Listen to the gorgeous new single, below.