In March 2020, High Head Recordings was born. After 20 years of thinking about, the inspiration and reason arrived on hearing the second solo album by Jack Bessant - Lucky Mountain. Had it not been for Jack and Lucky Mountain, High Head Recordings may have been thought about for another 20 years......
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Girl Like You: Digital Single
Third single released by Blue Violet in 2021. Incredible cover of the classic Edwyn Collins track - Girl Like You
Undercover: Digital Single
Second single from Blue Violet in 2021. Taken from the debut album, digital single includes acoustic version of the track
All I Have to Do is Dream: Digital Single
Incredible first single from Blue Violet. A shimmering French version of the classic All I Have to Do is Dream.
In November 2019 Blue Violet spent a month at Middle Farm Studios in Devon recording their debut album with producer Rob Ellis (Anna Calvi, Marianne Faithful, PJ Harvey). Sarah, a Scot with Parisienne roots, teamed up with Sam a few years ago and has the perfect voice to tell his stories. Between then and now the duo have moved back to Sarah’s childhood home in Argyll and are busy continuing work on their subtle breed of alternative, indie dream-pop. 2021 will see them begin to release songs from the album. With a diverse array of lyrical themes on their debut, expect intricately crafted, genre crossing song-writing, delivered with a raw, beautifully anguished husk. This is surrounded by harmonious arrangements courtesy of Ellis, bringing the duos first release to life.
“…a dream-esque sound, featuring warm guitar arrangements, beautifully hazy vocals and cascading harmonies…” – AMERICAN SONGWRITER
“…raspy vocals reminiscent of Stevie Nicks…” – EARMILK
“…appropriately spine tingling…” – LINE OF BEST FIT
“…raw and beautifully anguished…” – RECORD COLLECTOR
4 Album Reissue and Retail campaign: Digital / Vinyl /CD
Black Heart Lullabies ( 2018 ) - Released
Anarchy And Alchemy ( 2017 ) - Released 19/03/2021
Gravity Pulls ( 2004 ) - Released 19/03/2021
People Are Expensive ( 2001 ) - Released 19/03/2021
People Are Expensive and Gravity Pulls available for the first time ever on Vinyl ( Blue Vinyl and White Vinyl ). Anarchy And Alchemy available as Blue Splatter Vinyl as a new edition. All 4 albums distributed and available at Record stores for the first time.
Brother Thunder EP: Digital EP
Brother Thunder is the follow up release from Jack Bessant's blissed out album Lucky Mountain. A 4 track EP 0f new tracks continuing Jack's unique and engaging songwriting.
It Feels Like Summer: Digital Single
Slow-burning, sun-bleached track from Howie Payne.
Lucky Mountain: Album
Digital & Physical
“This is my journey and it’s as raw as any other persons,” says singer-songwriter Jack Bessant reflecting on his latest solo album Lucky Mountain.
For the Reef bassist and solo-artist, this most recent body of work - which includes Peacemaker EP (July 2020) and Brother Thunder EP (Autumn 2020) - is the culmination of a road long travelled. There’s a certain symmetry to Jack’s journey. He grew up on the strawberry farm in the West Country where he is raising his own young family, re-immersed in the landscape of his childhood, reconnected to his community. He has worked to strip back the walls of the 14th century farmhouse to let his home breath, just as he has stripped back his music to let the work breath, resulting in a sound that is honest and organic.
“It’s been about finding your path,” explains Jack, “gaining the confidence to just stand in front of a mic with a guitar and harmonica and share songs from the soul that have meaning and emotion and heart.”
Recorded on the farm in a barn converted with friends, Lucky Mountain resonates with a rich tapestry of emotion, from the mournful melancholy of folk rock harp, through rousing basslines and driving guitar, to the soaring highs of soulful harmonies, with the warm crackle of Norwegian wood burner providing the backdrop to the music. Jack’s aim with this 8 track album has been simple - stripped back if you like. “I hope people feel soothed and get something positive out of it,” he says. “A feeling of ease, a sense of freedom.”
Jack Bessant with The Chedder Experiment Band: Album
Peacemaker EP: Digital EP
Jack Bessant is the bassist and co-founder of Reef and solo-artist. Peacemaker EP is the first glimpse of what is to come from his most recent body of work which also includes the upcoming album - Lucky Mountain (August 2020) - and the Brother Thunder EP (Autumn 2020). Writing and recording on his farm, Jack has stripped back his music to let it breath, resulting in a sound that is honest and organic. Peacemaker EP gives the listener the perfect introduction to Jack and his music. The driving guitar and rousing basslines of Peacemaker, coupled with the rich tapestry of emotion and soulful harmonies of Slow Burning Angel, should leave the listener feeling soothed with a feeling of ease and a sense of freedom.