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James Yorkston to release album with The Second Hand Orchestra

By | Published on Thursday 5 November 2020

James Yorkstone and the Second Hand Orchestra

James Yorkston has announced that he will release an album with The Second Hand Orchestra, titled ‘The Wide, Wide River’, in the new year. First single, ‘The Struggle’, is out now.

“It’s me telling my kids that it’s OK to not be OK, and that indeed, sometimes I struggle”, says Yorkston of the song.

Of recording the track with The Second Hand Orchestra – led by music producer Karl-Jonas Winqvist – Yorkston goes on: “The band were sat in the studio by themselves, looping the verses over and over. I was in the control room, drinking sweet tea. I just had to wait for the right moment and jump on board, like when I’m pushing my kids round on a roundabout in the local park”.

“I love that everyone was singing along so freely when we recorded this”, he adds. “There were vocal mics for everyone, and people would just lean in with a harmony, every now and then. It gives it a very communal feeling”.

The album is set for release on 21 Jan 2021. Watch the video for ‘Struggle’ here: