Joyce The Librarian- They May Put Land Between Us
Librarians may now re-Joyce, for they have a suitable soundtrack to their valuable work with our nation’s veritable book depositories. They May Put Land Between Us is the sort of thing you might expect to hear playing as background music in Waterstones as you browse the best sellers in a sort of reverential silence.
If there is such a genre as library-folk this may be its first entry- so, headphones on, pick up a good book and take a walk outside, autumn’s here and the leaves are falling from the trees. Savour it.
Joyce The Librarian are a group from Bristol, England. None of them are called Joyce, nor do they work in libraries.
Pigeonholed loosely between folk and indie, they have caused a genuine stir on the acoustic scene, winning fans from a variety of key underground sources and in 2012, they’re set to win a lot more. The enthusiastic and wonderfully eclectic Jen Long played material from their debut EP, and from simply sending out a few records themselves, the likes of For Folk’s Sake, Thank Folk For That and Subba Cultcha also wrote kind words on these, their earliest efforts.
From here and despite their unsigned status at the time, Euros Child, the oddball songsmith previously of Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, took the band on their first UK tour at the end of 2011. That successful tour was swiftly followed by a series of months holed away and working on their debut full length, “They May Put Land Between Us”. The album, a mix of old and new material, will be released nationwide on Folkwit Records this November. These stripped back recordings have a warm, organic feel about them that comes from taking on most of the production duties themselves and is only enhanced by the mix and master work done by Ali Chant (M Ward, PJ Harvey, Gruff Rhys, Perfume Genius).
The first single from this record, “Follow Me, I’m Right Behind You”, sums up Joyce The Librarian’s songwriting. Showcasing honest, personal and acutely melodic songwriting, there is no pretence or allusions to passing trends. “Seven Swans”-era Sufjan Stevens, the afformentioned M Ward and Simon & Garfunkel inform the group’s sound but ultimately their’s is entirely one of their own.
They will be playing the following live dates in support of the single and record:
September 20th – LONDON – Green Note
November 1st – CARDIFF – Ten Feet Tall
November 2nd – HAY-ON-WYE – The Globe
November 8th – LONDON – The Betsey Trotwood
November 9th – BRISTOL – Folkhouse