Adam Beattie / Announces new album 'Somewhere Round The Bend'
'Can I please buy 2 albums?' - Brian Eno
'Incredibly Beautiful' - Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC RADIO 6 MUSIC
'Call me for a jam when you get to London' - Bert Jansch
A natural born songwriter, Adam Beattie has announced his new album ‘Somewhere Round the Bend’. Released November 27th, it comes fresh off the back of two collaborative albums - one as Pica Pica alongside folk musician of the year, Josienne Clarke, Grammy nominated producer, Sonny Johns and singer/songwriter, Samantha Whates, the other as part of Scottish supergroup Band of Burns; recipient of the much-heralded MOJO ‘Album of the Month’.
‘Somewhere Around the Bend’ is a reflection of all Beattie has loved and lost on his voyage to perfect his craft; one that has seen him invited to play alongside the likes of Bert Jansch, Jolie Holland and Sean Hayes. All the more pertinent now, the Aberdeenshire Balladeer mourns long-loved venues gone forever, pre-brexit freewheeling European tours and missed opportunities for romance. In the spirt of the best folklorists though, it’s a way of life he refuses to let die. More so than anything, ‘Somewhere Round The Bend’ is an attestation of Beattie’s hardwearing belief in the human spirit to overcome all in its path.
Listen to lead single ‘Somewhere Round the Bend’
Beginning on a Parisian street, Beattie takes us to Athens, Grottammare - home to a festival that once was - to his native Scottish highlands and finally to his current home of north London in closing song ‘All The Gods’ - a track he wrote alongside acclaimed songwriter Fiona Bevan (Lewis Capaldi, Billie Eilish, Matthew E White)
“‘Somewhere Round The Bend’ refers to the imagination stretching back into the past and forth into the future. The songs are intended to all transport you into their own unique world, they are all set in a very different time and place”, says Beattie.
The rollercoaster of emotions he experiences along the way echoes through to the album’s diverse instrumentation. Out today, the title track, which also opens the album, is eerie and foreboding, Beattie unsure what will await him when his feet touch the ground. Elsewhere, ‘All of the Love’ resembles a French waltz, while ‘Grottammare’ recalls the gypsy influences of early Beirut. The whole spectrum of Beattie’s influences is on proud display here, from roots to jazz to blues to country to folk.
‘Lovers Old and Lovers New’, however, is the album’s central statement. Set inside the now closed-down Jamboree, Beattie dedicates this to the community of regulars who continued to party until the final note rung out. “You can paint the walls and ceilings / we’ll keep the memories and feelings”, he sings. A pertinent reminder that though external forces will always threaten the things we love, our memories are ours forever. And with songs as timeless as this, Beattie ensures this is a history that will never be erased.