Shirley Collins Announces New Album ‘Archangel Hill’, Releases New Song

    Shirley Collins has announced a new album, Archangel Hill, which is due for release on May 26 via Domino. The first single to be lifted from the record is ‘High and Away’, which features lyrics by collaborator Pip Barnes. Listen to it below.

    Talking about the origins of the song, Barnes explained in a statement: “There is a passage in Shirley’s book ‘America Over The Water’ where she relays a conversation with the Arkansas singer Almeda Riddle in 1959. It begins: ‘She told of the tricks a tornado can play’ and goes on to give four or five examples. Whenever I heard Shirley read this, I would note that alliterative and rhythmic first line of the passage, and the vividness of the images of a tornado’s doings, and say to myself, ‘There’s a song here, it’s almost written itself.’ I wrote the words, but with no strong idea of a tune for it, other than that it seemed to suggest itself into ¾ time. Shirley obliged with a tune of her own devising, and Ian with its arrangement.”

    Collins’ last album, Heart’s Ease, came out in 2020.

    Archangel Hill Cover Artwork:

    Archangel Hill Tracklist:

    1. Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
    2. Lost In A Wood
    3. The Captain With The Whiskers
    4. June Apple
    5. The Golden Glove
    6. High And Away
    7. Oakham Poachers
    8. Hares On The Mountain
    9. Hand And Heart
    10. The Bonny Labouring Boy
    11. Swaggering Boney
    12. How Far Is It To Bethlehem?
    13. Archangel Hill

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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