James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide, Wide River (2021) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

James Yorkston and The Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide, Wide River (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 39:47 minutes | 427 MB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Domino Recording Co

The album came to be after the blossoming of a long-term friendship between James Yorkston and Karl-Jonas Winqvist, the Swedish music producer, leader and conductor of The Second Hand Orchestra. Recorded and mixed in Sweden over the course of three days with a selection of musicians Winqvist had brought together, including Peter Moren (Peter, Bjorn & John), Cecilia Osterholm (one of Sweden’s best-known nyckelharpa players), Emma Nordenstam (piano & cello) and Ulrika Gyllenberg (violin). The studio approach with The Second Hand Orchestra was entirely improvised around Yorkston’s songs, and the only song they heard in advance was “Ella Mary Leather”; Yorkston didn’t want to direct anyone too much but instead, allowed for a welcoming, instinctive, free-spirited and joyful atmosphere. The Wide, Wide River is a soothing, warm and sublime listen, whilst also highlighting Yorkston’s skills for songwriting, collaboration and as a musical conductor. The record takes in past loves, advancing age and friends, now gone, whilst also containing some of the most sanguine songs Yorkston has ever made.


1. Ella Mary Leather (3:06)
2. To Soothe Her Wee Bit Sorrows (7:35)
3. Choices, Like Wide Rivers (2:45)
4. Struggle (6:35)
5. There Is No Upside (6:43)
6. A Droplet Forms (3:47)
7. A Very Old-Fashioned Blues (5:08)
8. We Test The Beams (4:13)