Shirley Collins announces ‘Crowlink’ EP

English folk singer Shirley Collins announces a new EP, Crowlink, out on July 30. She has shared new atmospheric track, ‘My Sailor Boy’, alongside the announcement.

Shirley Collins is back with an EP collection of five songs due for release at the end of this month. The Crowlink EP, out July 30, features recordings from the edge of the cliffs at the titualr hamlet of Crowlink, Firle Church and Etchingham by the English folk singer.

A favorite place for the talented singer, Crowlink is located in the Seven Sisters, a series of undulating hills on the Sussex coast. It includes a pathway that overlooks the English Channel.

The EP is produced by Matthew Shaw, who provides additional instrumentation across the five songs.

Collins has also shared the EP’s single, ‘My Sailor Boy’, with a music video directed by Grant Gee.

‘My Sailor Boy’ is a moody, atmospheric track that borders on the eerie and mystical sounds listeners will find on the forthcoming release.

The singer will also perform two special Crowlink shows at Charleston Trust, East Sussex when the EP drops. The shows will feature an immersive sound installation with performances from Collins herself, Matthew Shaw, Brian Catling and the Lodestar Band.

The sound installation contains fragments of letters, diaries and prose from Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell and the Bloomsbury Group (Charleston Trust is the former home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant) as well as poems and extracted writings voiced by Shirley Collins, Jeremy Deller, Zakia Sewell, Benjamin Zephaniah, Heather Leigh, Laura Barton, Mark Fry, Lally MacBeth, Peter Owen Jones, Hannah Peel, Sam Lee, Amy Grantham, Alex Merry and Matthew Shaw.

Last year, Collins released Heart’s Ease, an album that explores brighter thems than those found in her 2016 album, Lodestar.

Crowlink Tracklisting:

  1. Across The Field
  2. At Break of Day
  3. Through All Eternity
  4. My Sailor Boy
  5. The Rose and the Briar

Crowlink EP is available to pre-order digitally. A 12” vinyl will also be available later in the year.

Photo credit: Enda Bowe

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