William Crighton announces his landmark second album, EMPIRE. With Empire, Crighton delivers both ageless and untempered fire and inexhaustible forward momentum.
He will tour the album first across East Coast Australia, throughout July/August. See dates via williamcrightonmusic.com.au
Produced by established producer and collaborator Matt Sherrod and recorded in a series of evocative settings, "Empire" expands Crighton's powerful sound into sprawling new planes and finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer's eye for detail to bear on his unique and immersive lyrical style.
Having been described as a visionary and a future Australian icon, Crighton doesn't buy into any of that, humbly and sincerely laughing it off.
Discussing the album and compositions of Empire, Crighton says the driving force was "just being here. My 9-year-old daughter says, 'hope is the one thing that brings us together', I agree with her and think it could go either way.There's more and more people realizing what's going on and changing things for the better but on the other hand there's a lot of greed and crazy out there holding on tight. A few years ago I asked a goodmate, a Wiradjuri bloke, if he thought a "great awakening" was coming and he said 'they're white fella words, we've been living sustainably for 100's of thousands of years' - That put me in my place and inspired me beyond measure."
Also in 2017, Crighton released 7-inch vinyl 'Hope Recovery', accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to thronging crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City's Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
Empire sees William Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st CenturyAustralia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
Crighton will unveil a selection of new songs from EMPIRE together with songs from his stellar self-titled debut at Byron Bay Bluesfest over the Easter long weekend, March 2018.
Watch the first single 'HAPPINESS'
Purchase the album EMPIRE
The album will be signed and sent within a week of purchase.
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