‘Still the Heart’ was released by Folkwit Records on 6th October 2014. It’s an EP of four Phil Langran originals featuring the band’s signature sound – lush close harmonies, sparkling intermeshed guitars, highly melodic sax and electric guitar lines, enhanced and underpinned by fretless bass. Through literate lyrics and intriguing melodies the songs tell of friends and family, of love and loss, and trust in the kindness of strangers and kin.
Like the band’s last album, ‘Juke Box Love Songs’ (2011), the new CD is produced by Frank McCarthy and packaged in a gorgeous sleeve courtesy of Max Langran’s photography and Tom Partridge’s artwork. Two songs, ‘Injury Time’ and ‘Nothing More’ have been in the band set for some time, whilst ‘Forsaken’ and ‘Meeting by the River’ are new compositions. As ‘Tykes News’ characterised Phil’s work, these are ‘proper grown-up love songs’ featuring ‘premier league wordsmithery’.
The line-up features all the band on vocals, Phil Langran and Steve Benford on acoustic guitars, Pippa Marland on soprano and alto sax, Frank McCarthy on electric guitar and Mark Walker on bass. ‘Still the Heart’ is dedicated to the good folk of Beeston, Nottingham, for giving us all a home from home.
Phil Langran vocals, acoustic guitar
Steve Benford acoustic guitar
Frank McCarthy electric guitar, vocals
Mark Walker bass, vocals
Pippa Marland alto & soprano sax, vocals
Vocal arrangements Frank McCarthy
All songs written by Phil Langran
C&P 2014 Phil Langran
Cover Artwork Tom Partridge