“He seems incapable of sitting at a piano and coming up with anything that doesn’t tremble with almost mystical longing … you’ll be reminded variously of Nilsson, early Todd Rundgren, even Alex Chilton at his most overwrought and wracked.” The Guardian
Hoverance is the beautifully pastoral debut album from English songwriter Ralegh Long, released on Gare du Nord. Drawing from 1970s influences such as Bill Fay, Nick Drake, and Laura Nyro, Long has created a warm and intimate record, bathed in lush orchestral arrangements and underpinned by rich piano tones.
To write the album, Long left London and returned to the surrounding countryside where he grew up. Sitting at a piano overlooking the fields he wrote a debut album suffused with natural imagery and mysticism. He then returned to London and gathered a group of friends to record the album. The cast of collaborators includes Tom Dougall of TOY on guitar, Jack Hayter (ex-Hefner) on pedal steel, string-arranger Louis-Phillipe (El records, The Clientele) and indie-pop orchestra A Little Orchestra.