Although best known for the sonorous ‘Wonderful Life’ and ‘Sweetest Smile’, Liverpool’s Black (aka Colin Vearncombe) has released more than 10 studio albums as well as several live albums in the past 25 years. This June will see his return after a six-year absence with the release of Blind Faith, a long-player written with long-time musical collaborator Calum MacColl (scion of the MacColl/Seeger dynasty) and produced by Calum Malcolm, overseer of such luminaries as The Blue Nile and Prefab Sprout. Colin explains: “ I’m immensely flattered that (Calum’s) working with us on the new album, he’s also a great personality to have in the studio.”
Deploying the ‘if it aint broke don’t fix it’ credo the album is strewn with typically intense and emotionally wrought songs, delicately arranged and delivered in those trademark rich, smoky and intoxicating vocals. The result is another classic ‘Black’ album that will delight his longstanding fans and sure to attract fans of artists as esteemed as Nick Drake, Scott Walker, Robert Palmer and even the Pet Shop Boys.
As well as recording the past two years have seen Black perform at several European and Russian concerts, three UK tours and a guest performance in the Moscow Olympic Stadium. “Music is always about communication and touring for me is an up close, personal experience that’s often as much about the audiences as it is about me,” says Colin.
Blind Faith was made via a Pledge Music crowd-funding campaign and will be released in June 2015 to be followed by further live dates in the UK, Europe and beyond.