A Coat Worth Wearing is the fourth release from singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney, the album marks a new approach and a departure from his previous work that I’m personally familiar with, including his second release Shoreline which was one of my early purchases from, the then emerging, Bandcamp platform in 2009.
The album was produced by Andy Bell with whom McSweeney collaborated on his more recent EP and album releases and is the second release for Hudson Records, the songs were recorded together, largely in full-band live-takes at a studio deep in the Welsh countryside.
Given the recording location the songs have a more industrial feel to them then one would expect, a steel and resonance creating a mood that shrouds the lyrics giving them a sharper bladed edge; it’s a record Jason Molina may have made had he come from Sheffield and one that’s both affecting and rewarding to the listener – highly recommend it.
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Have mentioned the work of Sheffield based troubadour Neil McSweeney a couple of times already this year on BS leading up to the promised release of his latest album Cargo which is available on Harbour Records from today. The Irvine born singer-songwriters has produced another excellent set of original songs with a seasonal melancholia to stir the emotions, the eleven tracks are imbued with contemporary British folk stylings and presented beautifully with a supporting cast of contributors including Lucy Farrell, Sam Sweeney and the BS favourite Matt Boulter on who’s Harbour Records label Cargo is released, the album was created by Neil and co-producer Andy Bell over the course of 2013 and recorded using live takes in a variety of locations including kitchens, on a stair landing and the more conventional studio setting, Cargo is Neil’s third album following Remember To Smile (2006) and Shoreline (2009) and his best yet with a soothing vocal with a gentle brooding that deliver the songs wonderfully well, an album perfectly suited for the shortening days and contemplative nights of the season.
Neil McSweeney – Snow Blind
We featured Neil McSweeney’s EP The Seventeen on Beat Surrender in June, and now comes news of the latest album release from the Sheffield troubadour, Cargo will be released on MG Boulters label Harbour Song on Sept 23rd, though copies will be available at the series of live dates proceeding the official release, here’s a pair of tracks from the album recorded at Old Pig Farm studio in Sheffield and the dates for you.
Cambridge, Portland Arms: 12 Sept
Kelvedon, The Institute: 13 Sept
Gillingham, LV21: 14 Sept
Leigh, The Alex: 15 Sept
Oswestry, The Ironworks: 19 Sept
Northwich, Davenham Theatre: 20 Sept
London, Slaughtered Lamb: 24 Sept
Sheffield, Shakespeares: 27 Sept
Barton upon Humber, Ropery Hall: 28 Sept
Sheffield singer-songwriter Neil McSweeney has laid down a marker for his third album Cargo that’s planned for release later this year with a four-track release The Seventeen EP that showcases his wonderful talent, the Steel City troubadours EP features three self penned tracks and a cover the late great Townes van Zandt’s To Live is To Fly , having already worked with Sheffield musical luminaries, Richard Hawley, Ross Orton (Jarvis Cocker, Arctic Monkeys) and Dean Honer (All Seeing I, I Monster, Human League), on his latest project he’s collaborating with Beat Surrender favourite M.G. Boulter as well as Sam Sweeney, Lucy Farrell and Andy Seward, if the EP is a gauge of things to come there’s much to look forward too.
You can pick up a copy direct from the man himself here along with both of his previous albums.