In the Post #109: Foy Vance reveals ‘Closed Hand, Full of Friends’

By on Tuesday, 13th August 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Northern Irish soul troubadour Foy Vance is allowing us a sneak peek at yet another track from his forthcoming second full length album ‘Joy of Nothing’.

‘Closed Hands, Full of Friends’ starts off with an insistent throb, filled in with resonant piano notes, it then builds up to the shattering release of “But I’m feeling alright!” Crafted with a perfect mix of strings, piano, and voice, oh my god that voice, it’s 4 minutes that was on a loop for me as soon as I heard it. With a rallying cry of “I will find my means to an end with an open-hearted home and closed hand full of friends”, you can feel the swelling of grandeur within the space between the notes. The song builds to a sudden end that provides instant closure, yet leaves me clawing for more. I simply cannot wait for this album later this month.

Vance is also offering his b-side ‘Dark Horse’ for free via Noistrade. Grab it, listen to it below, pre-order ‘Joy of Nothing’ and fall in love with this man. ‘Joy of Nothing’ will be available 26 August on Glassnote Records.

9/10

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[…] ‘Joy of Nothing’. The album includes Cheryl’s current frontrunner for song of the year, ‘Closed Hand, Full of Friends’. Curiously, the video for that song was filmed just days ago and caused an uproar of its own. Makes […]

[…] When Vance did begin his own set, it was McCauley on the drum kit and Conor McCreanor on bass providing the rhythm section. In contrast to the taut precision of Rams’ Pocket Radio, Vance appeared mellow and relaxed from the outset. He opened with ‘Be the Song’ from 2012 EP ‘Melrose’, but from that point forward focused almost exclusively on songs from ‘Joy of Nothing’, which recently won the inaugural Northern Ireland Music Prize. Eight of the 10 songs on that album appeared on the set list this night, and the audience were clearly familiar with them, especially ‘Janey’ and the anthemic ‘Closed Hand, Full of Friends’. […]

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