Song lyric on Roger Stevens’ new album ‘Rescued by Orcas’

Rescued By Orcas, the new album from poet, author and musician Roger Stevens is now out in the oceans of the world.

I’m thrilled to have written the lyrics for one of the tracks, ‘Friendly Fire’. It’s been on my bucket list for a while to pen some lyrics for a song that’d be recorded by an artist I enjoy and admire, so – tick!

The lyrics were adapted from a poem in my first poetry chapbook Blueprints for Minefield. ‘Friendly Fire’ tells the story of a couple who’ve always avoided conflict and so too much has been left unsaid and their relationship is on the rocks.

Rescued By Orcas features eleven new songs, all recorded in France (vocals and guitar) with contributions (in England) by Charlotte Glasson (sax, clarinet, flute, violin), Ray Knight (harmonica), Andy Melrose (mandolin), Ali Gavan (drums and bass) and Karen Moses (backing vocals).

There’s quite a mixture of songs, about the state of the world, musings on the hopelessness of life and three love songs. In Roger’s inimitable style, the tracks move between being witty and playful, and observationally pin-sharp, politically astute and emotionally honest. There’s a breadth of musical influences – folk, jazz, blues, 60s/70s London – and the warmth and presence of the recording are wonderful too, it feels like you’re in an intimate venue with a bunch of (musically talented) friends sharing one of those evenings you won’t forget in a hurry.

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