Hot on the heels of his brand new album Be Set Free (his most cinematic and cohesive recording to date), Langhorne Slim is heading for the UK to play a short tour in May. With his new album and continually evolving stagecraft, Slim has truly reached a point of light where his songs come from wide-eyed maturity and mastered craft.
One of the most endearing and standout qualities of Slim's live shows is the sureness that one is always entering a genuine gospel-like musical experience full of little miracles. Be Set Free has captured this charisma and spirit - the "hold your heart" moments and "raise a drink" dance vibes shine throughout with lush string arrangements and the fine sonic talents of drummer Malachi DeLorenzo and new bassist Jeff Ratner. Langhorne's stronger-than-ever vocals lead the journey blending his poetry through the beautiful chaos and bearing a wisdom that reflects a broken heart battling the perils of true hope.
Gut wrenching lyrics and gorgeous merry melodies - it would be easy to categorize it as folk, but, this time, it's much more complex than just that slice of pie. Sweet hallelujah choruses bleed throughout tracks like Land Of Dreams and Say Yes and turn to the darkness of blues filled I Love You, But Goodbye.
Be Set Free was produced by Chris Funk (member of Decemberists) who also played various instruments on the record in Portland, OR. The album was mixed by Tucker Martine who has worked with greats like Sufjan Stevens and R.E.M.
The tour dates are:
7th May - Freebutt, Brighton
9th May - The Cluny, Newcastle
10th May - Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh
11th May - Bodega, Nottingham
12th May - The Borderline, London
13th May - Louisiana, Bristol