24th March 2017
Outside My Mind
1. Drifting Down / 2. Through The Arches / 3. Hazy Days / 4. Angel Station / 5. Letter Home / 6. Ribbon Of Water / 7. Song For The Ending / 8. Lights On The River / 9. For Moira / 10. Outside My Mind
Ned Roberts is a hotly-tipped, London-based folk musician who has drawn comparisons with Tim Hardin, Nick Drake and Leonard Cohen. With a timeless quality to his sound, a poetic turn of phrase, excellent musicianship and a perfectly judged vocal sensibility, his songs sit comfortably amongst the classics of the Laurel Canyon era. Outside My Mind felt a long time coming for Ned, with songs written over a period of three or four years. Largely an album of love songs, both hopeful, devastated and all things in between, the album was in a sense cathartic to record, a way to explore a moment and also to move beyond it. The recording in L.A., produced by Luther Russell (Sarabeth Tucek, Richmond Fontaine, Noah & The Whale), was a much quicker process. The band went into the studio with 15 acoustic guitar demos and within 5 days came out with the finished record. 'Recording to tape kept things tight' explains Ned, 'we didn't have endless reels, so couldn't indulge in take after take. I enjoyed these practical limitations as they really focused the creative process, and kept everything fresh.' His eponymous debut (2014) brought him to the attention of the UK media, with plays on BBC 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe) and BBC Radio 2 (Huey Morgan, Jo Whiley) as well as BBC Radio Scotland. The album also received outstanding coverage in the national press, including rave reviews in The Guardian and Uncut magazine. No stranger to the road, Ned has toured the UK extensively. He attained a much sought after support tour with celebrated US songwriter Anais Mitchell and has also supported the likes of Joe Pug, Micha P. Hinson, The Delines and Sarabeth Tucek. Ned Roberts - guitar, harmonica, vocals; Luther Russell - drums, electric guitar, piano, backing vocals; Jason Hiller - bass & double bass; Sarabeth Tucek - backing vocals; Eli Pearl - pedal steel; Luanne Homzy's L.A. Pop Quartet. String arrangements on Letter Home by Hunter Noack.