Follow The Gleam.
These words come from a line in Empty Chair, and ended up as the title of the whole album, fighting off all the other contenders by virtue of being the least bad one. Then, having googled the phrase, I found to my slight dismay that it featured prominently in a Tennyson poem, and had gone on to become a revivalist hymn, all long before I ever had the idea. I must have come across it and then forgotten about it.
Still, it fits the content of a lot of the songs quite well because they deal with obsessions. Empty Chair’s protagonist is suffused with a debilitating nostalgia that finally unseats his reason. She Was Here tracks someone pursuing a lost love intemperately. Search Party is about a stubbornness that isolates you from all attempts at rescue. And It’s My Country As Well homes in on a chance encounter between the Empty Chair tramp and someone at an earlier stage of anomie. Swans Flying touches on a life blighted by loss, while Home Lies Onwards says that enchantment can never be recaptured but might return of its own accord if you walk away from it. Look Me In The Eye is about someone who wants the truth, however bitter or destructive. All these types are following gleams in their different ways, for better or worse.
released 22 January 2013
Produced by Ian Lawson and Ben Heneghan
Recorded by Andrew Lawson at Fieldgate Studio
Mixed by Ian Lawson, Ben Heneghan and Andrew Lawson
Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering
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