Foy Vance The Wild Swan on 180g LP + Download
Produced by Jacquire King & Executive Produced by Sir Elton John
Foy Vance is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter hailing from Bangor, Northern Island and deeply rooted in the rich musical history and aesthetic of the Southern U.S. Traveling through America for much of his youth, Foy eventually settled down in Ireland where he worked to put out his debut album Hope in 2007. Gathering the acclaim of both fans and fellow musicians, Foy was invited to tour worldwide with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Marcus Foster, Snow Patrol, Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John. Foy's second full-length album, Joy of Nothing, was issued in 2013 on Glassnote Records and was followed up by Foy's first live recording, Live at Bangor Abbey, recorded in Foy's hometown.
In late 2015 Foy became only the second artist signing to Gingerbread Man Records, a division of Atlantic Records started by Ed Sheeran. Recording for his Gingerbread debut The Wild Swan took place at the legendary Blackbird Studios in Nashville, Tennessee with Grammy-winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, James Bay, Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men). Recording legend Elton John is the album's Executive Producer.
The Wild Swan opens with "Noam Chomsky Is A Soft Revolution," a rock 'n' blues celebration of a roll-call of musical, philosophical, literary and polemical insurrectionists. It ends with a dash of uillean pipes and "The Wild Swans On The Lake," a stop-you-in-your-tracks breath of Celtic balladry inspired by WB Yeats' The Wild Swans At Coole. Vance's rich voice also gets up close and personal on the hymnal "Burden," then digs deep for "She Burns," a song and a performance evocative of Bruce Springsteen's "Tunnel Of Love."
On the ancient-but-modern "Be Like You Belong," Vance's soulful rasp weaves through pedal-steel and simple piano chords. "Ziggy Looked Me In The Eye" is a piano-based, strings-buoyed soul-stirrer, a dignified tribute to, says Vance, "various people who I think have been part of a revolution. I'm not talking about Che Guevara or Ghandi or even Russell Brand for that matter - I'm talking about personal revolution. I like that idea constantly revolting against your own parameters."