Monday, 18 January 2021

ALBUM NEWS: William the Conqueror - 'Maverick Thinker'

I feel a bit like the proverbial kid in a sweetshop at the moment, desperate to write posts and to share something but instead staring at a list of ideas, which, just a couple of weeks into the year, is already full with so many brilliant new releases. This one keeps coming back to me though. Quiet Life, the latest single from trio William the Conqueror, lifted from their upcoming record Maverick Thinker, due via Chrysalis Records on 5th March. The new record was writte in the English countryside and recorded in LA alongside producer Joseph Longe at the legendary Sound City Studios, ahead of March's lockdown last year. 

I've been following the band, and frontman Ruarri Joseph's solo music, admiring from afar, for a few years now. I saw the trio playing a brill show for us in Oxford a few years back. This one is maybe my favourite so far. A reflective, blues-y, rock-n-roll conversation as song, made for pub basements and festival stages alike. On the single, Ruarri explains "with Quiet Life we wanted to step outside the sound of the trio and build some walls, add some layers for this one. It's a trippy, fuzzy wander down someone else's memory lane, so we went cinematic." If the song-writing here entices you - check out the William The Conqueror podcast (on... podcast places) - it's essentially an audiobook, a reading of a fictional account of an 18 year old musician, written and narrated by Ruarri himself. 

Pre-order the new record Maverick Thinker here.

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