Dazed after performing with Frank Turner at the London Olympic Games opening ceremony, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo release their new single ‘Fields of June’ on 10th August through Walking Horse. The track will be available to download through iTunes.
Inspired by duets such as Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris, Neil Young & Nicolette Larson, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood as well as more traditional songs as collected by archivists Alan Lomax or Harry Smith, and contemporary songs such as Johnny Cash’s ‘Delia’s Gone’ or ‘Where the Wild Roses Grow’ by Nick Cave and Kylie; Emily has teamed up with friend and musical peer Frank Turner, to create a wickedly dark murder ballad with a strong male and female duet at its core.
The single is backed with Emily Barker’s track ‘Nostalgia’ which features as the theme tune to Kenneth Brannagh’s television series Wallander which won her and the composer Martin Phipps a BAFTA for best soundtrack. The first two series of Wallander recently aired on ABC1.
Also accompanying the single is a stunning vintage style black and white silent film that sees Emily and her band in fine form breaking Frank’s heart and then attempting to bury him in the ground. Shortly after release, it was the most viewed video on the UK’s influential NME website.
Listen to ‘Fields of June’ HERE
Emily and her band first met Frank way back in 2006 when they shared a stage at London’s Brixton Windmill. Shortly after this meeting, Frank invited Emily to do a solo support slot on a UK tour with him and his band The Sleeping Souls. It was on this tour that Emily and Frank first performed Fields of June as a duet during Emily’s set. The friendship that was formed has seen Emily & The Red Clay Halo record on Frank’s albums, support him on tours of the UK and Europe, and perform live with Frank and The Sleeping Souls on some of their biggest shows to date including Frank’s sold out Wembley Arena show in April 2012.
Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo have recorded and released three albums together: Photos.Fires.Fables (2007), Despite The Snow (2009) and Almanac (2011), and have just completed the recording of a fourth album, due for release early in 2013.