The new album takes his 2012 EP, The Hope of Better Weather, originally recorded by Price alone in a room with a piano improvising, and brings it fully to life with the addition of a series of reworkings by Yann Tiersen, Bill Ryder-Jones, Peter Gregson, Malibu and Eluvium.
Part reissue, part reworks – due out on 8 October 2021.
When Price revisited the work in recent months – at a time when many of us found ourselves more aware of the natural world – he met with it in a way that looks to connect with his next artistic steps. “You start off with listening to 10 year old piano recordings and then you go through the reinterpretations of people looking at that material now through their own lens. The fixation with weather, coastlines and with people connected with nature, is really strong. Coming out the other side of it, it’s kind of like a Northern weather feeling – coming out with your collar turned up with a hat on, a bit drizzly and shit outside, but with a kind of determination that is the right route forward.”
“It’s not very prescriptive. I wasn’t trying to control what anybody else was doing. Everybody that joined in with the project gives their own little piece of freedom. I was really interested in what freedom we all give ourselves, as well as being fascinated to see what a little germ of an idea can mean to somebody else.”
Michael Price with Yann Tiersen, Bill Ryder-Jones, Malibu, Eluvium and Peter Gregson
Marco Pasquariello, Paul Pritchard
Cicely Balston at Alchemy