Will Varley today releases Statues, the latest track to arrive from his forthcoming 5th studio album Spirit Of Minnie, released February 9, 2018 through Xtra Mile Recordings.

Listen to the track here:

Unfurling from a sparse, organ & slide guitar-backed beginnings, the song explores the push and pull between our past, present & future selves. Evolving into to a fully-fleshed, resonant chorus which suggests the idea that time is deceptively static, Statues finds Will’s songwriting intersecting with notions of regret and uncertainty, observed with his distinctive lightness of touch.

Following 2016’s much praised Kingsdown Sundown and a sold out show at London’s Union Chapel, the forthcoming album Spirit Of Minnie marks a distinct change of direction for the singer songwriter, being the first time he has recorded with a full backing band.

Produced by Cameron McVey (Massive Attack, Portishead, Neneh Cherry), the new album expands on the pared back musical palette of Varley’s previous work, aided by a widescreen production and warm cascading sound of his new band.

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Counting the likes of Billy Bragg, Valerie June and Frank Turner as his fans, and with tours scheduled across Europe and America, the young songwriter from Deal seems poised for a huge 2018.


 UK Headline Tour – incl. London Shepherds Bush Empire on February 9, 2018

After a run of UK shows the album will be released on the same day he plays his biggest headline show to date at the iconic 02 Shepherds Bush Empire. The dates are as follows:

30 January BIRMINGHAM 02 Institute 3 https://www.gigsandtours.com/tour/will-varley/

31 January NOTTINGHAM Rescue Rooms https://www.alttickets.com/will-varley-tickets

1 February LEEDS Brudenell Social Club https://bit.ly/2hWNJMP

2 February EDINBURGH La Belle Angele https://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/271071

3 February MANCHESTER Club Academy https://bit.ly/2AvciYJ

6 February SOUTHAMPTON 1865 https://bit.ly/2heqay1

7 February CARDIFF The Globe https://clwb.net/events/event/will-varley-2/

8 February BRISTOL Trinity Centre https://bit.ly/2hfCD4y

9 February LONDON Shepherds Bush Empire https://bit.ly/2mKb5JY

Will Varley can be found online here:

https://www.willvarley.com/ | https://twitter.com/WillVarleyMusic | https://www.facebook.com/willvarleymusic/


Feature compiled by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive and his website is at  www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk

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