Foy Vance - Signs Of Life

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Signs Of Life is the sixth studio album by (Northern) Irish singer songwriter Foy Vance, released in September 2021 via Gingerbread Man and Atlantic Records.

Signs Of Life is the sound of a beloved singer-songwriter at the peak of his powers. It’s also the sound of a man – a husband, a father, a sinner, a drinker – belatedly coming to terms with his demons. Driven by powerful percussion, “Time Stand Still” features a soaring, emotive vocal from Vance, who was struggling with an addiction to alcohol and painkillers at the time of writing.

Signs Of Life was recorded in three locations: Vance’s Pilgrim studio at home on the shores of Loch Tay in Highland Perthshire, another recording set-up in a nearby Dunvarlich House, and at Plan B’s Kings X studio in London.

The album was written and played more or less entirely by Vance, with able assistance from young Northern Irish producer Gareth Dunlop. Serendipitously, Dunlop had been inspired on his career path by a chance encounter with Vance many years before.

Created out of the grimness of 2020, Signs of Life is an album of dawn after darkness, hope after despair, engagement after isolation, uplift after lockdown. It comes in bold sleeve artwork that reflects Vance's desire to embrace all sides of everything, all humanity's textures. Shot on a 160-year-old camera which does arresting things with colours and shading, the back image is of Vance as a bare-chested, bare-knuckle boxer. On the front, he's in a dress, blonde wig and theatrical make-up.

At any time, Foy Vance’s new collection of songs would be a tonic. At this particular time, they can’t arrive a moment too soon. “That’s a huge part of it,” says Vance. “Signs of Life is about re-emergence – me in my own soft revolution, the world re-emerging in what we’re about to see as we hopefully go back to some semblance of normality. But just life in general – flowers growing through the cracks in Chernobyl. Life finds a way, doesn’t it?”

This album is on black vinyl with an inner sleeve, pressed in Germany via Atlantic and Gingerbread Man Records.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

A1

Sapling

A2

We Can't Be Tamed

A3

Signs Of Life

A4

Roman Attack

A5

Time Stand Still

A6

If Christopher Calls

B1

System

B2

Hair Of The Dog

B3

People Are Pills

B4

Resplendence

B5

Republic Of Eden

B6

It Ain't Over

B7

Percolate

SKU 13227
Record Label Gingerbread Man Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 0190296727221
Country DE - Germany
Release Date (Year) 10 September 2021
Original Release Date (Year) 10 September 2021
Barcode # 0190296727221
Shipping Weight 0.2600kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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