The 25th of March, 2013 sees the release of the brand new album from singer songwriter, Farryl Purkiss, as he delivers “Home” to his South African fans.
With this release he brought in International Producer, Kieran Kelly, who has worked with incredible artists such as Sufjan Stevens, Angus & Julia Stone, Better Than Ezra, Tony Garnier (Bob Dylan) and Rob Moose (Antony and the Johnsons), to name a few.
On working with Kieran, Farryl comments, “Working with this calibre of producer was a massive learning experience for me. Kieran is used to working with a certain level of musicianship, so I really felt I had to step up my game to keep up with him. He owns his own studio back in NYC which has spawned some of my favorite records of all time, so to have his full attention on mine for such a long period was invaluable. He was super easy to work with, and treated this album as if it was his own. He is also an incredible musician in his own right, so his contribution went way beyond the call of just an regular producer, he got stuck right in there and got his hands dirty. The result I feel speaks for itself. He is as proud of this album as I am.”
People always ask Farryl, “What do you write about?”, or “What influences your song writing?”. When it came to writing the songs for his new album, one thing he found with “Home” is that the message for him was pretty clear. The subject matter generally deals with 3 things…his home, his wife, and his youth. By no means did he plan to write about those subjects, but they presented themselves in each piece that he wrote in one form or another.
“Most of the songs on my previous albums were all written while on tour, alone, and in foreign countries. What’s different about this record is that all the songs were written while on my farm in Cape Town, and to add fuel to the album title choice, it was recorded at a studio literally 300 meters from where we live. As far as recording the songs go, they took on a life of their own in the studio. As soon as we started tracking the mood and approach surrounding this creation breathed life into every song we tackled. The songs ran in any and every direction they pleased. Instead of us directing the songs, the songs seemed to direct us. It was lot like trying to tie an elephant to a tree with a piece of string. Calm and chaos lying side by side in each song.”, explains Farryl.
The album includes a new recorded version of “Ways To Live Forever” which was written for the Ben Chaplin movie of the same name, as well as the finished version of “In Apostrophes”, which was first released as a demo version on the bonus disc of the Special Edition release of “Fruitbats & Crows”, hyping it as a track which will be on the next album. And so it is.
Farryl includes his hauntingly beautiful version of the Crowded House hit “Fall At Your Feet”, along with great album tracks “Till She Was No More”, “Yesterday’s Demise” and “Absolution In The Ground”.
Listen to Farryl’s brand new single “Own Way Home”:
And watch the video for the making of the “Home” album: