Sweet Billy Pilgrim Single / Tour
Sweet Billy Pilgrim follow their Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize-nominated album Twice Born Men with the release of Kalypso, the track they performed at the event.
Kalypso - released on November 2nd - is a beautiful and haunting song, reminiscent of Elbow at their most atmospheric, with a chorus that revolves like a madrigal. The spartan, hymn-like air sees Sweet Billy Pilgrim drift into Fleet Foxes territory, conjuring cinematic moments of sparkling electricity out of the ether.
The band set off on their first full UK tour alongside Portico Quartet, darlings of the left-field jazz scene, at the end of October. In true everyman style Sweet Billy Pilgrim have foregone the traditional tourbus in favour of squeezing into a Ford Mondeo and hitching a trailer to the back.
And it’s this basic approach that makes the glorious music they create even more remarkable. Kalypso, like its parent album Twice Born Men was recorded in a shed at the bottom of Tim’s garden, using all sorts of everyday household utensils as instruments, alongside the more traditional guitars, drums and assorted electronica.
Click here for a short film shot in that self-same shed which casts a light on the unconventional recording process.
Dates are as follows:
Saturday 24 October Bristol Old Vic
Thursday 29 October Basingstoke The Anvil
Monday 2 November London Koko
Tuesday 3 November Manchester RNCM
Wednesday 4 November Edinburgh Electric Circus
Thursday 5 November Glasgow The Arches
Saturday 6 November Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
Saturday 7 November Birmingham CBSO Centre
Sunday 8 November Brighton & Hove The Old Market
The album Twice Born Men is a Barclaycard Mercury Music Prize album of the year for 2009.