It’s hard to keep up with Richard Wal­ters. The artist is known for work­ing solo and col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly and he’s also a pro­lif­ic song­writer. He is prob­a­bly best known for his works as one third of the group LYR with Poet Lau­re­ate Simon Armitage plus Patrick Pear­son. They released their sec­ond album The Ultra­vi­o­let Age in June this year; Richard also released the album Shapes In My Head under the name Sun Lo, a col­lab­o­ra­tion with ATTLAS, ear­li­er this year.

Of his numer­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions, dur­ing lock­down he released Van­ish­ing Point with young Ger­man duo Polaroit, inter­view link. It’s an atmos­pher­ic elec­tron­ic track, at once brood­ing yet ele­vat­ing; maybe not a genre he’s gen­er­al­ly known for but the track serves as tes­ta­ment to Richard’s abil­i­ty to shift gen­res with such ease. 

His next solo album, called Mur­mu­rate, is poised for release on 17th Novem­ber via Net­twerk, and there has been a steady release of sin­gles over the past few months. Writ­ten in 2022 as the world recal­i­brat­ed to the tides of change, Mur­mu­rate reflects on that very human need for real-world rela­tion­ships and the impor­tance of mean­ing­ful con­nec­tions with those clos­est to us. 

The work sees Richard lay his emo­tions out there for us all, expos­ing his vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. Yet there’s a uni­ver­sal­i­ty to his soul search­ing and those heart­felt feel­ings. The lat­est release from the album is Long Way Down – a sooth­ing and melo­di­ous track that sees Richard deter­mined to view life with a pos­i­tive slant, some­thing that does­n’t always come nat­u­ral­ly to him. The breezy vocals and fin­ger-picked gui­tar style help cre­ate a beau­ti­ful­ly paced number.

Says Richard of Long Way Down: “It’s an attempt by a sad song­writer to pen some­thing uplift­ing! I think post lock­down I was more appre­cia­tive of the ground I’ve cov­ered in life and hap­py to acknowl­edge my suc­cess­es and joys. It’s easy to for­get or even ignore the past and progress.”

Back in May, Richard released Move On, a track that illus­trates per­fect­ly his need to exam­ine his own fail­ings and recon­nect and make peace with those he loves. It illus­trates a pause for reflec­tion after an argu­ment, where ‘things were said that should­n’t have been’. The instru­men­ta­tion is pared back, to lend empha­sis to the lyrics and Richard’s clear, emo­tive vocals.

The track is about accept­ing one’s imper­fec­tions. Explains Richard: “In argu­ments or heat­ed moments I’m the per­son that los­es my cool and then the moment pass­es, the griev­ance dilutes and I’m able to gath­er myself. It’s like I need the release. My wife is the oppo­site, and this is a song of apol­o­gy and accep­tance of my flaws and inabil­i­ty to sit with neg­a­tiv­i­ty too long.”

All tracks on Mur­mu­rate were per­formed and writ­ten by Richard Wal­ters, with record­ing, pro­duc­tion, and mix­ing assis­tance by Eliot James.

There are also tour dates with Box­er Rebel­lion – tick­ets avail­able.

24 Nov – BRISTOL, The Louisiana
25 Nov – OXFORD, Jeri­cho Tav­ern
29 Nov – MANCHESTER, The Cas­tle Hotel
30 Nov – LONDON, The Grace

Richard Wal­ters New solo album Mur­mu­rate release date 17th Novem­ber 2024 

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