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Emily Fairlight & The Shifting Sands Announce Joint LP

Emily Fairlight & The Shifting Sands Announce Joint LP

Annabel Kean / Image credit: Manny Nieto / Tuesday 21st June, 2022 10:33AM

Although they "never meant it to result in an album", alt-folk songwriter Emily Fairlight and The Shifting Sands' Mike McLeod have gone and done exactly that, with their joint LP Sun Casts a Shadow due out on Ōtepoti imprint Fishrider Records next month. The two met when McLeod joined Fairlight's live band amidst the roll out of her gorgeous 2018 sophomore album Mother Of Gloom, leading to a recording session with producer Manny Nieto on the back of a trip to SXSW. Recorded and mixed in LA, then mastered by Thomas Bell all the way down in Dunedin's charming Port Chalmers, the album's first two singles 'Head Above' and 'Get Through This' are a winning blend of the songwriters' knack for entrancing, melancholy folk. Read a few words from Emily Fairlight on the project below, and acquaint yourself with their latest tracks...

“When I first listened to The Shifting Sands, I could hear a similar style in our songwriting. Then Mike and I started playing and touring together, so this colab album felt like a natural progression for our musical relationship. I haven’t done much collaborative work, so was pleased to fall into this album almost by mistake. The songs’ raw, ‘stripped-back’ form is mildly daunting for us both but hey, that’s the sound of some of my favourite artists, so we hope you’ll enjoy the songs in their purest state.”

'Sun Casts A Shadow' is out July 8th on streaming services, CD, and as a limited edition 12" LP via Fishrider Records.


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