Danny and the Champions of the World
SWIFT STREET (Single)
We got all giddy with excitement at RMHQ when it was announced that Danny and the Champions of the World were touring this Summer, so surely an album must be in the offing?
Then 20 minutes ago an e-mail from the record label pinged in my box (ooh err Missus!) and I’ve spent that time playing this initial release over and over again while Mrs. Magpie is at work!
Here’s the accompanying Press Release…….
Here come Danny & The Champions Of The World with album number 6 – writing themselves large, giving themselves the space and taking the time to deliver a magnum opus. With Brilliant Light Danny Wilson has made his All Things Must Pass – a big record of hit after hit stretching over two albums plus a further bonus set of instrumentals. He’s allowed both himself and his band the absolute freedom to explore experiment and collaborate – and they’ve grabbed it with both hands. The Champs are understandably proud of what they’ve achieved. Producer and bass player Chris Clarke says outright it’s the best record the band has come up with so far while for Danny it’s “a bit like taking a peek into somebody’s house, there’s great stuff that immediately grabs your attention and then there’s other stuff and you start out thinking it might be a bit mundane, but as the whole picture takes shape it proves to be incredibly beautiful”. That’s typical Danny Wilson a brave stab at modesty but far too honest to sell himself short. He and his band are already much loved for their whole-hearted openness their democracy and their sheer joy in what they do. They’re going to be loved too for this record. Very soon Brilliant Light will be the soundtrack to an awful lot of people’s lives and that is no small achievement.
Swift Street is the first song to be shared from Brilliant Light. The song is deeply personal to Danny George Wilson who co-wrote the song with Polly Paulusma and Carra Bacon. “Swift Street is the house where my mother grew up, the song is about 3 different photographs – one of me and my brothers playing in a billy cart in the driveway, the second is of my grandfather aged 14 standing with his mother outside his childhood home in Aberdeen – he left for Australia after the Second World War. The third is of my folks in the garden of the house in Swift Street before they left to live in London. Each photograph takes a verse. I was nervous about my mum hearing it, but she loves it.”
Album released June 23rd 2017
DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD