Taken from “In the Furrows of Common Place”, out January 22th 2021 via Basin Rock.
Whilst Jim Ghedi’s previous idiosyncratic take on folk has often been instrumental, exploring the natural world and his relationship to it through his music, as seen on 2018’s A Hymn For Ancient Land. His new album In The Furrow Of Common Place is a deeper plunge inside himself to offer up more of his voice to accompany his profoundly unique and moving compositions.
The decision to include more of his vocals was a conscious one and driven by a need to say something. However, this isn’t a brash raging political polemic. As is now customary with Ghedi’s work, it is rich in nuance, history, poetry and allegory. Musically, the album is equally locked into this ongoing sense of evolution. Ghedi’s intricate yet deft guitar playing still twists and flows its way through the core, weaving in and out of gliding double bass, sweeping violin, gentle percussion and vocals that shift from tender solos to overlapping harmonies.
For all the socio-political and historical backdrop to the record it is not one that feels overwhelmed by it. Much like Ghedi’s work when it was largely instrumental – and some of it still is here – it flows and unfurls thoughtfully, with space still being utilised masterfully, creating room to pause and reflect. It’s another inimitable record from an artist that truly sounds like nobody else right now.
Video directed by Jordan Carroll.
Words from Director: “We follow a protagonist (a prolific painter / artist based in the Peak District, and friend of Jim). through the countryside as he reflects on memories past. The idea behind this music video was to portray the history and culture behind Sheffield and the surrounding region. Showcasing the industrial heritage, how people worked and lived, and conflict that arose through the years for working-class people like the ‘Battle of Orgeave’ and the Miner’s strike. The film also looks at the Peak District National Park and how this wide-open, green space was a haven for the workers away from the smokey city. But even this space had to be fought for with access originally being restricted to small footpaths in limited areas in order for rich landowners to shoot grouse. This ultimately lead to the ‘Mass Trespass of 1932’ where a group of brave volunteers intentionally broke the law in order to bring awareness to their cause. Their actions, and many more, paved the way for the ‘Right to Roam’ being enshrined in law throughout the UK, which gave access to mountain and moorland for all. As this history is showcased through old stock footage, we follow our protagonist Keith How as he reflects on his life, enjoying his right to roam in the countryside. He journeys to the high point of a hill where he uses his art to capture the landscape.“