“Bill Fay is one of English music’s best kept secrets. At the dawn of the 1970s, he was a one-man song factory, with a piano that spilled liquid gold and a voice every bit the equal of Ray Davies, John Lennon, early Bowie, or Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker. He made two solo albums but his contract wasn’t renewed, which left his LPs and his reputation to become cult items. But he never stopped writing, the music kept on coming. Now, in his late sixties, he has produced Life Is People, a brand new studio album that shows his profoundly humanist vision is as strong as it ever was.”
“He was motivated by American producer Joshua Henry. Spooling through Bill’s home demos, Joshua discovered an incredible trove of material. Matt Deighton (Oasis, Paul Weller, Mother Earth) assembled a cast of backup musicians to bring out the songs’ full potential. These include Deighton on guitar, Tim Weller (who’s played drums for everyone from Will Young to Noel Gallagher and Goldfrapp), and keyboardist Mikey Rowe (High Flying Birds, Stevie Nicks, etc). In addition, Bill is reunited on several tracks with Ray Russell and drummer Alan Rushton, who played on Time Of The Last Persecution.” — Dead Oceans
“Life is People,” Bill Fay’s first properly crafted studio album since 1971, is due out on August 21st via Dead Oceans.
Bill Fay – Be At Peace With Yourself (Official Video),
off the album “Life Is People.”
Director: Dan Huiting / Camera: Dylan Wiehahn, Tabb Firchau, Dan Huiting, and Chris Hadland. / Editor/colorist: Kevin Russell
Damien Jurado and Richard Swift – Be Not So Fearful (Bill Fay cover),
taken from a collection of covers EP “Other People’s Songs Vol. 1” by Richard Swift & Damien Jurado, the song was originally appeared on the 1970′s self-titled album on Deram Nova / Decca Nova (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).
Cuff the Duke – I Hear You Calling (Bill Fay cover) (via),
taken from a collection of covers EP entitled “In Our Time” (Paper Bag Records, 2012) by Cuff The Duke, the song was originally appeared on the 1971′s second album “Time Of The Last Persecution” from Deram (reissued from Esoteric Recordings).