NIGEL POWELL ANNOUNCES DEPARTURE FROM
FRANK TURNER AND THE SLEEPING SOULS
Impacting the week of the US election, “Feeding” is notably both political and poignant. Inspired by a fever dream Powell had involving “a powerful, orange man who inherited great wealth and power, and uses it to buy the key to immortality”; it’s a song that weighs-up the forces of power, responsibility and karma.
“When terrible people do terrible things there’s always the temptation to hope for a deferred judgement, that maybe there the karmic wheel will turn at the time of death.” muses Powell of the track. “But perhaps justice doesn’t exist. If there is a heaven, maybe it will be owned by the same dismal frat caste as this mortal coil.
With clipped percussive beats, pulsing electronics and abstract time-signature changes, “Feeding” finds Powell in experimental mood and branching-out from the melancholia tinted chamber-pop of his 2018 album ‘Worth’. Stemming from two tracks dating back to 1995 when Powell was writing with an earlier musical incarnation called: Mundaka; “Feeding” may be one of the oldest songs to feature on his upcoming release: ‘Saudade’, but hints at an artist preparing to break away in new and exciting directions.The new single comes as Powell also announces his departure as long-standing drummer of Frank Turner And The Sleeping Souls.
In a statement about his new solo work and the decision to part-ways with the backing band, Powell says:
“Many things have been afoot and I have much to share with you in the next few months. The biggest change is with a heavy heart I must announce that after 14 years my musical journey with Frank Turner has come to an end. I am intensely proud of my contribution to his body of work as part of one of the finest bands I can think of, and to have met so many of you wonderful people along the way. While it is a big change, I am looking forward to focussing on The Sad Song Co.”
Finished and already in the pipeline for early next year, The Sad Song Co. will release a new album ‘Saudade’ on 22nd January 2021. Comprising 11 songs, it’s a record that will touch upon love and loss, politics and the pandemic, and finding your way through a world upside down. All tracks were written, recorded, played and mixed entirely by Powell.
THE SAD SONG CO. WILL RELEASE “FEEDING” – OUT NOW
NEW ALBUM: ‘SAUDADE’ – OUT 22 JANUARY 2021
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.