Meilyr Jones shares a single from his debut album '2013'

Meilyr Jones has shared the single 'Return to Life', with an accompanying video of studio footage, taken from his new album 2013 out on 18 Mar.

You can read details of and watch this video's – very full! – orchestral arrangement below, followed by details of his extensive UK tour including new dates with John Grant.

Working closely on arrangements with composer Joseph Davies, Jones assembled a 30-strong orchestra “out of friends, and friends of friends of friends, in the same way that if you were to start a pop band.” There was a saxophonist, a bassoonist, a clarinetist, some classical players, jazz players, and brass players from his tuba days. For two days they all gathered at a recording studio in South London, with the producer Iwan Morgan and the engineer Jimmy Robertson.

“I wanted to record it completely live,” Jones explains. “The idea was doing it like a Frank Sinatra session.”

Over these days they recorded the main body of the tracks 'Olivia', 'Return to Life', 'Passionate Friend', 'Rome' and 'Be Soft', the songs later embellished with further additions - the Glad Café Choir from Glasgow, field recordings of birds, three trombonists recorded in a cemetery, among them.

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Monday 18 April Point Ephémère, Paris Tickets
Monday 25 April Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate Tickets
Tuesday 26 April Moth Club, London Tickets
Wednesday 27 April Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham Tickets
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Saturday 30 April Live At Leeds, Leeds Tickets
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Wednesday 8 June Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury Tickets with John Grant
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