Bill Ryder-Jones: West Kirby County Primary
November 6th 2015 | Domino Recording Company | Albums
A classic band record, West Kirby County Primary - the third full-length album from multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Bill Ryder-Jones - features Bill playing a multitude of instruments including the electric guitar with his trademark prowess. The follow-up to A Bad Wind Blows In My Heart was written and recorded by Ryder-Jones in his childhood bedroom at his mother’s house in West Kirby before being filtered through Liverpool’s legendary Parr Street Studios.
Mixed by James Ford, each of West Kirby County Primary’s ten tracks offers a sneaked glance into his private world; they eavesdrop on a set of encounters that go about “turning stories into beautiful truth” set to glorious molten melody that explodes like fireworks over water. It all adds up to a remarkable record by one of our most cherished musicians – a musical polymath as at ease on stage with the Manchester Camerata (where he performed ‘If…’ as part of the Manchester Literature Festival last Autumn) or on live guitar duties with Arctic Monkeys as he is on production duties with Hooton Tennis Club and The Wytches.
Two To Birkenhead is the first single to be shared from the album. The accompanying video was filmed by James Slater (Jamie T, Major Lazer) in and around Bill’s mother’s house in The Wirral.
West Kirby County Primary will be available on CD (WIGCD346), Digital (WIG346D) and LP (WIGLP346). There will also be a Dom Mart and indie shop exclusive Deluxe LP (WIGLP346X) which comes with a bonus 7” featuring two exclusive new tracks. Pre-order the Deluxe Vinyl edition on Dom Mart and for a very limited period also receive a signed and numbered photoprint taken from the stage at this year’s Green Man Festival.
1. Tell Me You Don't Love Me Watching
2. Two To Birkenhead
3. Let's Get Away From Here
5. Put It Down Before You Break It
6. Catharine and Huskisson
7. Wild Roses
8. You Can't Hide A Light With The Dark