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Inspiration is often spoken of in terms of altitude, but for some, like Withered Hand’s Dan Willson, a little help is needed to even find the foot of the mountain to climb. Painfully shy and anxious through childhood that his voice was too high, Willson didn’t start singing until his late twenties. By then, he was married and living in Edinburgh, Scotland, a listless visual ... Read more in Amazon's Withered Hand Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Mar. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fortuna Pop
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Horseshoe
2. Black Tambourine
3. Love Over Desire
4. King Of Hollywood
5. California
6. Fall Apart
7. Between True Love And Ruin
8. Life Of Doubt
9. New Gods
10. Heart Heart
11. Not Alone

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Digipak CD / Heavyweight Vinyl LP + MP3. The long awaited second album New Gods by Withered Hand (aka Edinburgh based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson) will be released in March via Fortuna Pop (UK/Europe) and Slumberland (US/Canada). The eleven meditations on love, fidelity and transience therein see Willson's songwriting hit dizzying heights: by turns confessional and melancholy, raucous and life-affirming; his trademark dark humour turned down a wee notch; life, in all its many facets, turned up to full. Active in the world of visual art and dabbling in music for many years, Dan Willson came late to singing and songwriting at age 30, in a period of reflection between the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child. The resultant material, much of which went on to become the album Good News, was praised for its depth and startling honesty, and won him accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone and Mojo, as well as fans from Jarvis Cocker to Marc Riley. The ensuing years saw him embraced by the now defunct Fife-based musical powerhouse the Fence Collective and his songs picked up by MTV and cult series Skins. A prolific live performer, recent Withered Hand shows have included Pam Berry of seminal 90s US noisepop band Black Tambourine (who also contributes vocals to the new album) amid a rotating cast of musical friends embellishing Dan's exuberant and original songwriting, alongside his fragile and uplifting solo performances. Aided by a grant from arts council body Creative Scotland, New Gods saw Withered Hand entering a proper studio for the first time to work with legendary Scottish producer Tony Doogan (Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, Mountain Goats, Teenage Fanclub), and features guest appearances from a veritable who's who of Scottish music including King Creosote, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines, and members of Belle & Sebastian (Stevie Jackson, Chris Geddes) and Frightened Rabbit (Scott Hutchison). Across the eleven songs on New Gods, Willson deals with the big stuff: love, death, friendship, infidelity, road trips, stargazing and cough mixture abuse. First single proper, the magnificent Horseshoe , kicks off proceedings with its plaintive entreaty Please don't put a shadow on her lung . Love and the fear of loss is the theme here. Nobody you love will ever die, sings Dan. It's followed by the album taster track Black Tambourine , the purest pop song on the album, an anti-hipster anthem that jangles in all the right places. King Of Hollywood details a night in LA with Willson's friend and mentor King Creosote, Willson's keen eye for detail as hilarious as ever, while title track New Gods sees him transported to Switzerland, cutting across the fields at night and staring up at the Milky Way, like a huge ribbon across the sky, infinitely beautiful and humbling. This is widescreen pop music. The five years since Good News was recorded has seen Willson honing his craft, building his audience and gaining critical momentum. The new album is a beautifully executed collection of songs from one of Scotland's most gifted songwriters. // Beautifully constructed lyrical frameworks ... on this banjo-tinged brand of Caledonian gospel **** MOJO // The UK's best lyricist King Creosote, in The Independent // Killer melodies ... wobbly folk grooves ... tunes full of warm, woozy sing-song charm 'Artist to Watch' - Rolling Stone 2011 // LIVE: SXSW Festival; Chickfactor Festival, New York; UK/Europe Tour in April/May //

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Never heard of Dan aka Withered Hand until just over a week ago. Never normally buy any music from HMV but will always be grateful to whoever decided to put the album in the recommends section.

One of my past "finds" from years ago was the Bright Eyes album "I'M WIDE AWAKE, IT'S MORNING" who I had never even come across. Problem I have now is I don't know which one I like the most!!!!! And I love that Bright Eyes album!

ADDED BONUS - Get on the net and find he's home grown UK talent AND he's gigging next month in a nice small venue (the best!) not far from me - AND ITS ONLY £8 ENTRY!!

I can see the future now......sat telling the grand-kids.......... that I got into Withered Hand early ......... before the rest of the world discovered him. Good luck Dan.
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This album may not be quite as whimsical as his earlier work - definitely give his back catalogue a listen - but the sound on this one is smoother, surer, fuller, and a little more "mainstream" without losing any of his earlier angst-filled lyrical genius. This is a difficult trick to pull off, and has to be good for sales. The album is full of catchy-yet-melancholy tunes that stay with you. He is also great live!
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Best album I've heard in many years. Standout song songs for me are Horseshoe and King of Hollywood. I started out thinking Neil Young and a hint of very early David Bowie, but then after a few plays I realised that its a unique style with such powerful lyricism. Can't wait for Withered Hand to visit the Souht West
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By Iain Hawk on 10 Jan. 2015
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Brilliant songs ... my album of the year 2014.
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Highly recommended. 21 Oct. 2014
By Leland - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album gave me goose bumps the first time I heard it. I would describe the music as sort of a mix of early Neil Young, with a little Byrds influence, plus Ray Davies/Kinks, and Belle and Sebastian. It's quite lyrical, honest, and passionate. Highly recommended.
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2014 Album of the Year Candidate 29 July 2014
By UWSMusic - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Still in the early listening stage, but this could be the 2014 record of the year. Some great melodies and subtle hooks here. Recommended to me by Justin Currie, an all-time favorite of mine, so higher praise it could not receive....
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Listen once and you'll like it 16 July 2014
By Michael Petrocik - Published on
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Very impressive. Really solid song writing throughout the album. I wasn't familiar with their stuff when I bought it but liked it from the first listen. In a more just music world these guys would be gods.
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Hooked 9 Oct. 2014
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Can't stop listening to this. Also purchased after reading Justin Currie's praise of the artist/album. Not sure if I should thank or curse that recommendation as I really cannot stop listening to this.
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