Following on from the debut single from sophomore album ‘Searcher Dreamer’, Irish folk artist Blake’s Fortune returns with laid back, upbeat single ‘Redwood Heart’ out on May 1st and featuring backing vocals by Ailbhe Reddy.
Blake’s Fortune is the work of Irish songwriter and musician John Lennon who hails from Dublin. He previously recorded and toured with Pina Kollars, an Austrian-born folk rock singer, when they were signed to Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records.
His debut album ‘Hello World’ was self released in 2017 and garnered positive reviews. His style could be described at alternative folk, and he draws influence from the like of The Divine Comedy, The Magnetic Fields, Fred Neil and BECK.
2020 has seen the release of ‘Searcher’ the debut track from his forthcoming album ‘Searcher Dreamer’ featuring the wonderful backing vocal of Ailbhe Reddy throughout the album. ‘Searcher’ went on to receive a great response, with Hot Press premiering the track and radio support from 2FM, KCLR, 2XM, and more Irish regional stations, as well as John Kennedy making ‘Searcher’ his X-Posure ‘Hot One’ for Radio X in the UK on St. Patricks Day.
Now we see the release of the second track from ‘Searcher Dreamer’, the laid back ‘Redwood Heart’ has a sunny road trip vibe to it Now we see the release of the second track from ‘Searcher Dreamer’, the laid back ‘Redwood Heart’ which has a sunny road trip vibe to it, much in keeping with his first album, ‘Hello World’.
“In comparison to ‘Hello World’s’ coastal theme, ‘Searcher Dreamer’ takes a more inland approach and is a more earthy and ethereal affair. A tale of feeling lost, finding love, losing love, and trying desperately to find hope from within a seemingly hopeless situation. Sonically it’s got a rather old-fashioned sound, due to the vintage gear that was used in the recording. It gives the whole album a rootsy vibe. As for the recording process itself, it was an organic one. Each musician made full use of their artistic freedom, so the songs took on a life of their own” Blake’s Fortune
The pending second album from Blake’s Fortune, ‘Searcher Dreamer’ was recorded over a week by producer Darragh Nolan in Asta Kalapa Studio’s in Wexford.
Ailbhe Reddy’s stunning backing vocals feature on all 10 tracks. Blake’s Fortune is also supported on bass, guitar and drums by brothers Lorcan and Cillian Byrne of Basciville fame.