Foy Vance has announced details of his first album for Gingerbread Man Records, the label launched last year by Ed Sheeran and Atlantic Records. Released May 13th, THE WILD SWAN was recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY Award-winner Jacquire King. Recording legend Elton John is the album’s Executive Producer.

One of the impetuses behind Sheeran founding Gingerbread Man Records was to give musicians he truly believes in complete artistic freedom, and so he made his friend an incredible offer: the chance to make a new album with an Artist-led record company, with full support and without constraint.

This freedom enabled the Aberfeldy-based Irishman to craft THE WILD SWAN entirely to his own vision, in Nashville’s legendary Blackbird Studios aided by Jacquire King, producer of one of his favourite albums, Tom Waits’ MULE VARIATIONS.

 The album 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 uilleann 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 lead track ‘She Burns, a song and a performance evocative of Bruce Springsteen’s Tunnel Of Love, which is available to stream and download now when pre-ordering the album.

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.

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