Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground

by The Singing Skies

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“A sense of something out of time . . . reflections on fate and luck with a sudden poignancy” – Ned Ragget, Allmusic

"LIke Leonard Cohen shacked up with Will Oldham" - Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald

The Preservation label presents Head In The Trees, Heart On the Ground, the second album from Sydney’s The Singing Skies. Led by songwriter and guitarist Kell Derrig-Hall, Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground delivers on the promise of The Singing Skies’ debut Routine and War, affecting a zone between Nico and John Cale’s stark , confessional style and the warm, plaintive way of Gene Clark and ‘70s period Dylan.

On Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground, Derrig-Hall proves a gentle and knowing soul with an open-hearted lyricism where tenderness and wonder define his disarming nature. The music is similarly in tow to an earthiness in its rootsy melodic way, with the searching quality of classic country rock and ornate vintage pop folding through these intricate yet immediate and beautiful songs.

The outline for all these songs is marked by the sudden passing of Derrig-Hall’s musician father in 2015, further ghosted by Derrig-Hall’s use of his father’s guitars through recording. While not a direct tribute, Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground is a poignant casting of deeper feelings and meanings that underpin our everyday and relationships.

Derrig-Hall has solidified the line-up of The Singing Skies since Routine and War (which featured Melbourne’s Laura Jean and Jen Cloher band drummer Jen Sholakis) with a band featuring guitarists Jon Hunter (The Holy Soul) and Ben Morgan (Ernest Ellis, Cameras), as well as Lia Tsamoglou (aka Melodie Nelson), cellist Robin Dixon and drummer Ben James. Tsamoglou’s spectral harmonies are once again a defining highlight on Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground, and joining in with his distinctive baritone on the song “If The thunder Brings The Rain“ is Jack Ladder.

Derrig-Hall recorded Head In The Trees, Heart On The Ground in the rural surrounds of Bundanon on the NSW South Coast, returning to Sydney for additional production with Tim Kevin, who’s recently worked with Holly Throsby and Youth Group.

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released April 21, 2017

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