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Bill Fay
Countless Branches

Bill Fay was once described as the missing link between Nick Drake and The Kinks when Uncut magazine described the quintessentially English orchestral folk rock songs on his 1970 eponymous debut. After a second album 1971, he seemingly disappeared. He popped up again 2012 with Life Is People, his debut for Dead Oceans. He’s back again now with his third album in seven years, Countless Branches. Some of the backing tracks on this album were recorded up to 40 years ago. 

Bill Fay
Who Is The Sender?

Bill Fay rose from his career slumber with the triumphant Life Is People, a record of intimate songs about love, loss and the resolve of faith, played mostly on piano with supplementary arrangements that recalled the records he'd made years before. Thankfully it wasn't a victory lap or a one-off redemption story: Who Is The Sender? is its follow-up, and continues to wrestle with his deeply humanist but equally spiritual ideals.

Bill Fay
Tomorrow Tomorrow & Tomorrow

Made available once again by longtime fan David Tibet’s Durtro/Jnana imprint, Tomorrow, Tomorrow & Tomorrow was intended as the third Bill Fay album following semi-legendary apocalyptic folk template Time Of The Last Persecution (1971). Nevertheless, it remained unreleased until 2005. It’s a low-key, contemplative affair which finds wayward talent Fay backed by Gary Smith (guitar), Rauf Galip (bowed bass) and Bill Stratton (drums) who fold in elements of jazz and progressive rock alongside the songwriter's characteristically open-hearted vocals and lyricism.

Bill Fay
Life Is People

Life Is People is Bill Fay's first record in years and years and years, and it's a noble comeback story if ever there was one: despite neglect from labels dealing with previous records, he came back with music about the life-affirming qualities of all those around him. Through well-ornamented songs and solo piano pieces, Fay deals with faith and love, while also honing in on a stark cover of Wilco's "Jesus, Etc." -- fitting, since Jeff Tweedy has a hand in this record.