Track List

  • Ophelia
  • Laws of Motion
  • I Burn But I Am Not Consumed
  • Suitcase
  • Cornerstone
  • Matsuo's Welcome to Muckhart
  • Young Man On A Mountain
  • Crow On The Cradle
  • The Robin
  • Cassiopeia

Karine Polwart with Steven Polwart & Inge Thomson
Laws of Motion

Multi-award winning songwriter and musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart - six-time winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including 2018 Folk Singer of The Year - releases new album, Laws of Motion, via Hudson Records this autumn. Polwart’s seventh release, Laws of Motion is the follow-up to 2017’s much-praised A Pocket of Wind Resistance, which earned Karine & co-writer Pippa Murphy a New Music Scotland Award, alongside nominations for the 2018 Scottish Album Of The Year & Radio 2 Folk Album Of The Year. Laws Of Motion- recorded alongside long-term collaborators Inge Thomson (accordion, percussion, synths & vocals) and brother Steven Polwart (guitars & vocals).

A Pocket Of Wind Resistance used the migratory habits of geese to crack open universally human societal & ecological issues. Across Laws of Motion Polwart continues to coalesce the familial and the familiar alongside the unsettling and the unknown, driven as ever by her gift for empathy and accessibility. Subject matter as disparate as Trump, WW2 & holocaust survivors are drawn together by the laws of the album’s title alongside the experiences of migrants and allegorical folk & children’s stories. Speaking about the broad focus of the album (which includes co-writes with Lau’s Martin Green), Polwart says; “I didn’t set out to write songs on a unified theme - they’ve just landed that way. Perhaps that’s no surprise, given the times we’re in.”

Laws of Motionis the latest in an evolving series of collaborative projects across which Polwart has combined music & storytelling with politics & environmental-societal issues. Karine wrote A Pocket Of WindResistance (a Songlines & BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Album Of The Year) as a musical companion to her acclaimed theatre debut Wind Resistance, now published via Faber & Faber and selected by Robert McFarlane as a Guardian Book of 2017. The production, which debuted at the Edinburgh International Festival with a residency at The Royal Lyceum Theatre, was written, musically directed and performed by Polwart, winning her the Best Music and Sound Award at the 2017 CATS. Alongside three other nominations, it also placed Polwart on the shortlist for the Best Actor ‘Scottish Oscar’ in the Sunday Herald Culture Awards.

Credits

Karine Polwart with IngeThomson & Stuart Hamilton
Producer

Karine Polwart
Indian harmonium, tenor guitar, piano, vox

Steven Polwart
Acoustic & electric guitars, vox

Inge Thomson
Accordion, glockenspiel, percussion,sansula, synths, vox

Kevin McGuire
Double bass

Calum McIntyre
Kit & percussion

Richard Medrington
Vox on Track 10

Magnus Robb andSound Approach
Snipe drummingsample on Track 7

Stuart Hamilton
Recorded & mixed

Dean Honer
Mastered

Sandy Butler
Photography


Track List

  • Ophelia
  • Laws of Motion
  • I Burn But I Am Not Consumed
  • Suitcase
  • Cornerstone
  • Matsuo's Welcome to Muckhart
  • Young Man On A Mountain
  • Crow On The Cradle
  • The Robin
  • Cassiopeia

Credits

Karine Polwart with IngeThomson & Stuart Hamilton
Producer

Karine Polwart
Indian harmonium, tenor guitar, piano, vox

Steven Polwart
Acoustic & electric guitars, vox

Inge Thomson
Accordion, glockenspiel, percussion,sansula, synths, vox

Kevin McGuire
Double bass

Calum McIntyre
Kit & percussion

Richard Medrington
Vox on Track 10

Magnus Robb andSound Approach
Snipe drummingsample on Track 7

Stuart Hamilton
Recorded & mixed

Dean Honer
Mastered

Sandy Butler
Photography


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