2 track EP from Torn Sail with remixes from North of the Island and Joey Fitzgerald released 10th April 2020.
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The package has 2 original tracks from Torn Sail and remixes from North OF The Island and Bali based, Joey Fitzgerald.
It’s been a while since the world last heard from Torn Sail, the soft-focus and sun-kissed musical project helmed by songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Huw Costin. The Nottingham-based artist last popped his head above the parapet in 2017 with debut album ‘This Short Sweet Life’, a superb collection of timeless songs and instrumentals that built on the success of two stellar singles for Claremont 56, ‘Birds’ and ‘Treasure’.
With his love of gently unfurling guitars, sunset-ready grooves, delicate arrangements and emotive vocals, Costin is a neat fit with NuNorthern Soul, a label long celebrated for its atmospheric and life-affirming approach to music. His first single for Phat Phil Cooper’s imprint is a sunny, slow burn treat, with Costin delivering two heartfelt songs.
‘A Beautiful Life’ lives up to its name, with Costin passionately delivering poignant, thoughtful lyrics over a similarly heart-aching musical backing that makes the most of sustained synthesizer chords, hazy, finger-picked electric guitar notes and a gentle but rhythmic piano motif.
The track that follows, ‘Disconnected’, is equally ear catching. More folksy in tone and lyrically dexterous, the track’s part acoustic, part electronic construction is little less than stunning: a yearning, head-in-the-clouds treat that evokes buried memories of slow, sun-baked afternoons amidst Britain’s most idyllic rural locations.
The track’s future Balearic credentials are strengthened further by the accompanying remixes. Manchester veteran Neil Scott, the man behind El Diablo’s Social Club, dons the NOTI guise to deliver vocal and instrumental versions that tease the track further towards the dancefloor whilst retaining every ounce of beauty contained in Costin’s original version. The gorgeous guitars and chords remain, with Scott adding shuffling drums, warm bass and the kind of electronic flourishes that gurgle and babble like a mountain brook.
To complete the package, Cooper has turned to Bali-based Liverpudlian Joey Fitzgerald, a DJ/producer best known for playing regular sets and the now legendary beachside venue Potato Head. His ‘Sunset Drums’ mix builds slowly and majestically, with Fitzgerald layering up delay-laden guitars, bass, vocal snippets and cosmic electronics before introducing a suitably heady drumbeat and more spaced-out electronic flourishes. By the time the rework plays out, you’ll be smiling, saucer-eyed and gagging to play it all over again. It’s a fittingly brilliant conclusion to another must-have Torn Sail release.
1. A Beautiful Life [Original]
2. Disconnected [Original]
3. Disconnected [North Of The Island Vocal Mix]
4. Disconnected [North Of The Island Instrumental Mix]
5. Disconnected [Joey Fitzgerald's Sunset Drums Mix]
Disconnected (Original mix) recorded & mixed by James Bennet at Swanyard. Produced by E.R. Thorpe
Guitar and vocals for Disconnected North of the Island mixes recorded at Kinema Audio by Huw Jones.
A Beautiful Life : Recorded at Random Recordings by Huw Costin, Synth by Simon White, mixed by Simon White at Studio 31.
North of the Island mixes by Neil ‘Diablo’ Scott
Mastered by Robin Lee
Artwork Design by Mr. Vincent
Jungle Reflection photo taken in Agonda, Goa, India by Phil Cooper, March 2020
℗ - NuNorthern Soul Publishing 2020
© - NuNorthern Soul 2020