Fortuna POP! (UK/Europe) and Slumberland Records (US/Canada) have announced the new album by the Edinburgh based folk-rock troubadour Dan Willson who records as WITHERED HAND. New Gods is his second album, which follows his critically acclaimed debut Good News, and is scheduled for release next March.Listen: to “Black Tambourine” here
Active in the world of visual art and dabbling in music for many years, Dan Willson came late to singing and songwriting at age 30, in a period of reflection between the death of a close friend and the birth of his first child. The resultant material, much of which went on to become the album Good News, has been praised for its depth and startling honesty.
Withered Hand has been embraced by Fife-based musical powerhouse the Fence Collective (whose sovereign King Creosote guests on the new album). A prolific live performer, recent Withered Hand shows have included collaborations with Pam Berry of seminal 90’s US noisepop band Black Tambourine and a rotating cast of musical friends embellishing Dan’s exuberant and original songwriting alongside fragile and uplifting solo performances.
The long-awaited second album (produced by Tony Doogan – Mountain Goats/Belle & Sebastian etc and part-funded by Creative Scotland) features guest appearances from the likes of Pam Berry, Eugene Kelly of The Vaselines and members of Belle & Sebastian and Frightened Rabbit.
The five years since Good News was recorded has seen Willson honing his songcraft, building his audience and gaining critical momentum. The new album is a beautifully executed collection of songs from one of Scotland’s most gifted songwriters.
See: Them at the Winter Sprinter
Friday 10th Jan @ The Lexington, London
Withered Hand + The Spook School + Cocoanut Groove