ON his latest release, much-loved Lancastrian songwriter Stephen Hudson has thrown his old rule book out of the window and struck out into territories unknown.
Now performing with band Dog Daisies and signed to Bingo Records, the stalwart performer has created ‘A River Runs Through it EP’: a set of songs both darkly poetic and optimistically expansive.
Although Stephen’s traditional bedroom indie-pop roots are still present, Dog Daisies sees him throwing the kitchen sink at his creative process – both sonically and lyrically – and coming up with his most visceral music to date.
First single ‘A River Runs Through It’ is out now with a video (by label mate and film maker Tom Diffenthal). It shows Stephen performing the track in the Lancashire countryside that features in his songs.
Stephen said of the album: “I was bored one summer made a picture of an eagle flying over a motorway. From that image came a multitude of ideas that conjured up visions of swaying fields, crags, service stations, burst dams and valleys.
“I wrote a lot of the songs staring out of a car window, jotting down graphic scores, making up pictures and symbols, to help me imagine how grass in a breeze might sound on a guitar, for example.
“It felt liberating to write things that I wouldn’t normally write; to deliberately pervert my own songwriting habits to enable me to create something different.
“Although we (singer Jo, bassist Paul, drummer Joe, and producer Tom) spent a lot of time and thought during the recording process, the songs kind of just happened and I can’t really explain what they are about.”
“They were borne from a lot of bike rides, car journeys and watching a lot of coming-of-age films like Stand by Me and Mean Creek."
In keeping with Ste’s idiosyncratic approach to writing music, the EP is being released as a postcard. There are four varieties, each representing a different song. The art was done by label mates Ben Hall (Mr Ben & the Bens) LP and Alanna Rusch (both from Family Selection Box) and Ste himself. Every postcard also comes with a pack of daisy seeds.
The EP will be launched at a gig with fellow Bingo Records band White Flowers at the Yorkshire House in Lancaster on October 19 followed by dates at Café Kino, Bristol (Oct 20) and The Windmill, Brixton (Oct 21).