Described on the BBC Introducing program as 'a really fabulous band making glorious folk music', Faeland makes the kind of music that touches your core. Their new single, 'End of the Day', is a testament to this and it's no wonder their music has been described by BBC Radio Scotland and BBC 6 Music as 'sweet, sumptuous folk' and 'ethereal acoustic stylings'. Made up of Rebecca Nelson and Jacob Morrison, Faeland were listed as one of 2018's Albums of the Year by Folk Radio UK and have received widespread airplay on both sides of the Atlantic. Now, they're bringing their talents to the Australian airwaves and 'End of the Day' is the perfect introduction.
'End of the Day', Nelson says, 'is a celebration of the seemingly mundane moments of love that we all too easily miss in our busy lives.' It features in '23 Walks', a movie starring Dave Johns and Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey) that's been recently released in Australia to great reviews and offers a poignant perspective on love and ageing.
The single is a collaborative effort in every way. 'Jacob would play a tune on his guitar every evening when we'd finished work and I loved it,' says Nelson. 'I'd ask, "What's that song you're writing?" and he'd reply "Nothing, really." So, one day when I was alone, I sat at the piano and wrote words to the chords and melody. The song was completed in less than half an hour and I realised I'd stolen Jacob's piece, so I recorded it on my phone and sent it to him to confess. He loved it and we agreed it should go on the new album. The chorus is so simple because it's the words that Jacob would idly sing along each evening.'
The single was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales, which has hosted legendary acts like Queen, Coldplay and Simple Minds. Matt Butler, who has worked with Paul McCartney, Dire Straits and Pink Floyd, to name a few, took on engineering duties and the result is a wonderfully ethereal listening experience that really showcases Nelson's vocals and Morrison's melodic talents.
Though touring is obviously out of the question for now, given the global situation, Faeland are keeping their love of live music alive by performing free concerts every other Wednesday on Facebook Live. The performances, as one would expect, are intimate, low-key events that play a crucial role in connecting Faeland with their fans. And there's no doubt there'll be many more tuning in from Australia following the release of 'End of the Day'.