Katy J Pearson
Shares the video for field recording version of ‘Something Real’
Announces socially-distanced shows in November & re-arranged 2021 headline tour.
Katy J Pearson has today shared the video for the field recording version of Something Real, the original of which is taken from her forthcoming debut album, Return, which is out on Heavenly Recordings on Friday November 13th 2020.
The 10-track album was produced and recorded by Ali Chant in his Bristol studio and features previous singles Tonight, Hey You, Fix Me Up and the BBC 6 Music A-listed Take Back The Radio.
The field recorded version of Something Real was captured in Leigh Woods near Bristol, on a vintage Nagra tape recorder over the summer of 2020. It will be part of an exclusive bonus CD titled Waiting For The Day, including 4 more tracks, which will come with all D2C orders and purchases from independent retailers of the album, Return.
Talking about the field-recording version, Katy said:
Over lockdown I was trying to figure out something I could do music-wise that would be fun and interesting. My friend Joe Jones who is a recording engineer has an amazing tape recording machine called a Nagra, which we used to record one of the songs on Return, called Waiting For The Day. The best thing about the Nagra is that it’s portable, meaning we could record anywhere we liked. So I got in touch with Joe and chose some beautiful, rural locations around Bristol (Goat Gully, Leigh Woods, and my favourite pub The Old England) to record songs from the album as well as a few new songs. It was such a fun couple of days. My friends Marie and Ben documented the experience on video too.
I always wanted to do a field recording project and recording Something Real in the beautiful Leigh Woods on the outskirts of Bristol was such a lovely experience.
Having recently performed at the End of the Road’s Garden of Streaming and previously completed a European tour alongside Cass McCombs at the end of last year and appeared at both the End of the Road Christmas party and the Line of Best Fit’s ‘Five Day Forecast’, she returns for some socially distanced shows in November. Additionally her previously announced headline shows in February 2021 have been rescheduled for June.
The full list of dates is as follows:
Socially Distanced Tour
11.11.20 – Brudenell Social Club – LEEDS
12.11.20 – YES – MANCHESTER – SOLD OUT
19.11.20 – Strange Brew – BRISTOL (afternoon show)
19.11.20 – Strange Brew – BRISTOL (evening show) – SOLD OUT
20.11.20 – Jazz Café – LONDON
Tickets for the socially distanced tour are available via www.seetickets.com and www.ticketweb.uk (London only).
Rearranged June 2021 Dates
07.06.21 – Heartbreakers – SOUTHAMPTON
09.06.21 – The Louisana – BRISTOL
10.06.21 – Boileroom – GUILDFORD
11.06.21 – Moth Club – LONDON
12.06.21 – Bedford Esquires – BEDFORD
13.06.21 – Elsewhere – MARGATE
15.06.21 – The Junction – PLYMOUTH
Tickets for the headline shows are available via www.seetickets.com
Return symbolises the re-entry of Pearson into music-making after a previous, collaborative project with her brother fell foul of the pressures of a major label record deal and over the course of two-and-a-half years, between her parents’ house in Gloucestershire, her Bristol bedroom, and nearby community arts space The Island, Pearson honed her craft as a solo artist, learning to rely on her creative instincts, and bringing forth an album just as shaped by the South-West of England as the rich musical history of America’s Southern States.
The songs were strengthened and evolved in a live setting — including in support of Olden Yolk and Cass McCombs on their respective UK and European tours — before being taken to the studio of producer Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, M. Ward, Perfume Genius, Gruff Rhys), where they were captured in their final form. The result is a jewel in the dirt by the side of the highway; ten songs which slide effortlessly between lovelorn country, lo-fi folk and glistening, unforgettable pop.
Finally, Katy recently performed a Stolen Session which can be viewed HERE
Recent praise for Katy:
Its bounding infectiousness is only made more endearing by the natural, tender melancholia that simmers throughout – So Young
An addictive whoop of pure joy – The Guardian Guide (Track of the Week)
A musician for the ages….crafting a catalogue full of classic – Music Week
‘Tonight’ showcases the undeniable talent of Katy J Person and leaves a definite mark – The Line Of Best Fit
A refreshing slice of gilded songwriting – Clash