English singer-songwriter Ralegh Long’s new EP – We Are in the Fields – is a lovely pastoral rumination and very much a continuation of his well received Hoverance LP. Ralegh was kind enough to answer a couple of our queries regarding the new EP, via email.
What have you been up to since Hoverance?
I’ve been touring quite a bit, in the U.K in the summer and in Italy in the spring. Hoverance got picked up by an Italian distributor so I’ve been playing over there a bit. I wrote and recorded this E.P and I’ve nearly finished my 2nd album.
Was the writing & recording process different for this release, compared to Hoverance?
The writing experience was the same. Recording wise it was a bit simpler. Hoverance was quite experimental and took a long time. This time I new what I wanted to do and it was quicker. To a great extent Hoverance was made in a place of doubt and fear, but that kind of disappeared with that album.
Are you satisfied with the results? Is there anything you would change if you had the chance?
Yeah I’m satisfied. There was one song called “Tenebrae” that didn’t work out and I really wanted it to, but you have to accept these things. I’ll come back to it.
What inspired the songs on the new EP?
The songs are really a continuation of the themes of Hoverance. They come from my home and from some of the local history there.
Can you share with us your writing and recording process?
I write every two weeks on average, when I feel the urge. I just play the guitar or piano and something comes out. I usually write two or three songs in a session. I then leave them for a few days, come back to them cold and work out what is there and what they’re about, and fill in any gaps and decide which ones to keep.
What are your plans to promote the new album? Will you tour the new EP outside the UK, maybe in Asia?
There’s a video for “Dusk” coming out next week and I’m playing some shows in the U.K and maybe Europe. I hope I’ll make it to Asia next year when the second album comes out.
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