James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra share "There Is No Upside" with animated video

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra share "There Is No Upside" with animated video

Today, James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra (JY & TSHO) are pleased to share a new song and video “There Is No Upside”, taken from their new album The Wide, Wide River, to be released on January 22.

“There Is No Upside” was the first song JY & TSHO recorded together in Sweden. James had arrived at the studio that morning, and after some brief introductions, they began to record. Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much, but instead encouraged a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere: “I wanted the players to be themselves. It was important we captured these early attempts at the song, when the wildness and energy of exploration were still present.”

One of the most upbeat songs on the album, with its swirling strings and twinkling bells, Yorkston says of “There Is No Upside”: “I simply asked the band to react to what I was singing, however I was so enthralled with Ullis (Ulrika Gyllenberg)’s fiddle playing, my one suggestion was she solo wildly throughout. She was a little shy at first, but I played her the Linton Kwesi Johnson track ‘Story’ and she got what I meant.” The lyrics reveal a little more, however; Yorkston adds: “I wrote this song in frustration at a friend who’d chosen to take the big flit… leaving the rest of us somewhat bewildered. I can see how this may seem to be about Brexit. It’s not - but if the cap fits…”

The video’s director and animator Jonna Hallberg said: “The song inspired an idea where the people and their surroundings are stuck in their own behavior, both physically and mentally. It’s a deeply touching song moved by a lot of energy, where the illustrations and the motions reflect a feeling of my interpretation of the song’s intention and atmosphere, without being too distinct.”

The Wide, Wide River is James’ tenth album for Domino, not to mention his three albums as part of Yorkston/Thorne/Khan and his two books. A soothing, warm and sublime listen, it highlights Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The album takes in past loves, advancing age and friends, now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.

Watch videos for previous singles "Struggle" and "Ella Mary Leather" below. 




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James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra The Wide, Wide River

Album | 22nd January 2021

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra will release The Wide, Wide River on January 22nd. The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra. Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm ,Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin). The Wide, Wide River is a soothing, warm and sublime listen, The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends, now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.

Tracklisting

  • 1Ella Mary Leather
  • 2To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows
  • 3Choices, Like Wide Rivers
  • 4Struggle
  • 5There Is No Upside
  • 6A Droplet Forms
  • 7A Very Old-Fashioned Blues
  • 8We Test The Beams

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra The Wide, Wide River

Album | 22nd January 2021

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra will release The Wide, Wide River on January 22nd. The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra. Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Morén (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Österholm ,Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin). The Wide, Wide River is a soothing, warm and sublime listen, The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends, now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.

Tracklisting

  • 1Ella Mary Leather
  • 2To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows
  • 3Choices, Like Wide Rivers
  • 4Struggle
  • 5There Is No Upside
  • 6A Droplet Forms
  • 7A Very Old-Fashioned Blues
  • 8We Test The Beams
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