Leon Vynehall recently announced his debut album Nothing Is Still, a record that sees him digging deeper into the family history that has always inspired his most iconic tracks, whilst returning to his own musical roots. Along with the announcement he shared Envelopes (Chapter VI).
Today he has followed up with the sumptuous Movements (Chapter III) – a track that reflects the warmth and electricity of 60s New York’s nightlife, a city always awake and on the move.
As well as sharing the track, Vynehall has announced his debut live shows, seeing him move into the live realm in full force with three nights at London’s Hackney Showroom (July 3/4/5) and one off dates in Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam (June 20/21/22). Presented as a series of immersive shows, Vynehall will perform Nothing Is Still with a full live band.
Nothing Is Still is, at its core, an album dedicated to Vynehall’s grandparents. Emigrating from a leafy south east U.K. to New York City in the 1960s, their seven-day journey via boat from Southampton to Brooklyn, and the stories that followed, have only truly come to light upon the passing of his grandfather four years ago.
What followed was a series of in depth conversations with his Nan to find out as much as he could about this part of his family history that was – in a way that easily resonates with us all – seemingly hidden in plain sight and a resulting album of immense scale, physicality and wonder as well as two accompanying elements – a novella and short films which expand the scope and context of the narrative.
Written and predominantly performed by Vynehall with additional musicians including a ten-piece string section arranged by Amy Langley, Finn Peters (saxophone and flute), and Sam Beste (piano) whom completed the final recording sessions that took place at Konk Studio’s – Nothing Is Still was mixed by Blue May in London before making its own transatlantic flight to New York, where it was mastered at Sterling Sound by Greg Calbi.