Bill Fay - In Human Hands

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Bill Fay - In Human Hands (Official Video)

"In Human Hands" by Bill Fay, from his album 'Countless Branches,' released January 17, 2020 on Dead Oceans.

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British singer/songwriter/pianist Bill Fay cut two albums for Deram during the early '70s that became bona fide cult classics. His self-titled debut appeared in 1970 and was linked by comparison to recordings by Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, but Fay's songs were more cosmic in scope lyrically and featured pop-orchestral arrangements. 1971's Time of the Last Persecution was a more rock-oriented production with session players who included guitarist Ray Russell and drummer Alan Rushton. It won the lion's share of media attention because of its rather dire and apocalyptic subject matter. There was even speculation by music journalists about the decaying state of Fay's mental health that proved to be nonsense. Fay's records fell into obscurity, and he virtually vanished from music for more than two decades. After late 20th century reissues of his catalog material, Fay re-emerged with Life Is People in 2012 on Dead Oceans, played some shows, and maintained his privacy. He released a follow-up in Who Is the Sender? in 2015. Among his fans are musicians who include Wilco, Jim O'Rourke, Ben Chasny, and David Tibet of Current 93.

In November of 2019, Fay announced through Dead Oceans he was releasing the album Countless Branches in the new year, and prefaced it with the video single for "Filled with Wonder Once Again," directed by Emily Scaife. Once more produced by Henry, the effort proved a more minimal affair, with Fay's voice and piano way up front and center, and sometimes solo. Deighton hired a small studio band and Russell played acoustic guitar on a couple of tracks. After issuing two more pre-release video singles, "Love Will Remain" and "Salt of the Earth," Countless Branches appeared in January of 2020.
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