Will Varley Postcards From Ursa Minor on LP
Produced by Tristan Ivemy and mastered at Abbey Road by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Blur) Will Varley's new Xtra Mile Records' release Postcards From Ursa Minor is a masterclass in songwriting that pushes the boundaries of the ‘one-man-and-a-guitar' format.
From rowdy drinking songs with sprawling chaotic arrangements to his sparse solo performances, he covers a range of subjects with his trademark sprinkling of social commentary, politics and wry humor. Observing the world and the plight of humanity as if perched cross-legged on the edge of the moon, Varley's existential themes cover the planet's lonely existence within the universe as well as focusing in to tackle the everyday minutia of human life.
"Is Anyone Out There?" is a tongue-in-cheek call to any alien lifeforms that may be listening, to come and help stop us destroying Earth. "The Man Who Fell To Earth" tells the story of Jose Matata, an African immigrant whose body was found in a quiet suburban street one morning after falling out of the fuselage of a British Airways plane above London in 2009, attempting to illegally gain entry to the UK. It's a powerful and timely piece of social commentary.
Songs like "Outside Over There" and "Talking Cat Blues" show off Varley's storytelling prowess while "Seize The Night" and "From Halcyon" take a more nostalgic approach, lamenting lost friends and times past.