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James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra

The Wide, Wide River


Released: 22nd January 2021

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James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra release ‘The Wide, Wide River’.

We’re really pleased to announce a new James Yorkston album made in collaboration with The Secondhand Orchestra. The Wide, Wide River is a rich, questing record combining a lightness of touch with a kind of modest grandiosity. It’s got a lovely looseness, songs seeming to tumble out one after the other acquainting themselves with The Secondhand Orchestra, led by Karl-Jonas Winqvist, who’s sympathetic arrangements in places recall Robert Ashby’s sterling work for Nick Drake and others. It’s a reminder that James Yorkston has an easy grace and can colour our winter days in very beautiful ways.

The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and
conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra. That communal feeling is apparent across the entire album.

Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days, with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players), Emma
Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin).

The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs and the only song they heard in advance was ‘Ella Mary Leather’; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead allowed for a
welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere.

'The Wide, Wide River’ is a soothing, warm and sublime listen whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.