Michael Chapman: True North
The masterful follow-up to his universally celebrated 2017 albumâ€¯50,â€¯Michael Chapman’sâ€¯True Northâ€¯finds the elder statesman of British songwriting and guitar plumbing an even deeper deep and honing an ever keener edge to his iconic writing. This authoritative set of predominantly new, andâ€¯utterly devastating, songs hews to a more intimate sonic signature—more atmospheric, textural, and minimalist thanâ€¯50, stately and melancholy in equal measure. Recorded in rural West Wales,â€¯True Northâ€¯unflinchingly surveys home and horizon, traveling from the Bahamas to Texas to the Leeds of Chapman’s childhood, haunted by the mirages of memory and intimations of mortality. Joining him on this introspective journey is a cast of old friends and new disciples: once againâ€¯Steve Gunnâ€¯produces and plays guitar, and fellow UK songwriting heroâ€¯Bridget St Johnâ€¯sings, collaborating with cellistâ€¯Sarah Smoutâ€¯and legendary pedal steel playerâ€¯BJ Cole, who has accompanied everyone from John Cale to Scott Walker, Elton John to Terry Allen, Felt to Björk to Brian Eno.