Katy J Pearson Katy J Pearson & Friends Presents Songs From The Wicker Man

Label
Heavenly Recordings
Released
20th April 2024

A vinyl exclusive of Katy J Pearson & Friends Presents Songs From The Wicker Man. An EP of The Wicker Man soundtrack covers originally for STUDIOCANAL’S The Wicker Man 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition 4-disc box-set and available digitally. The 9-track EP from Katy J Pearson and friends features collaborations from Broadside Hacks, Drug Store Romeos, Sarah Meth, Orbury Common, Evie Hilyer-Zietler, Bert Ussher, H.Hawkline plus special guests as well as remixes by Richard Norris and Stone Club.

Talking about the single ‘Willows Song’, Katy said:

“Strangely, I heard The Wicker Man soundtrack way before I watched the movie. I remember my dad playing me Willow’s Song and I found it hypnotic and it started being a song I listened to a lot. The version I did for the record was a kind of psychedelic/ krautrock version so having the opportunity to work with my friends Broadside Hacks on a traditional cover which they put together so beautifully has been really brilliant. I’m such a fan so it’s an honour to be involved in the 50th anniversary of The Wicker Man.”

Talking about the EP, Candy Vincent-Smith of STUDIOCANAL said:

“Introducing a younger audience to the classic films in our library is so important to us, and so we jumped at the chance to work with Katy J Pearson and Heavenly, to breathe new life into The Wicker Man’s iconic soundtrack. This very special E.P. aims to bring a whole new generation of film and music fans to worship at the feet of this brilliantly scary cult film, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary.”

“The Wickerman EP, also released as a stand-alone digital album, is very much a collaboration and Pearson has chosen her comrades well. There are three renderings of the infamous ‘Willow’s Song: a duet with folk group Broadside Hacks, a tremendous high-energy version and a dub-centric, Richard Norris helmed remix. In the same vein, the subtle ‘Gentle Johnny’ with H.Hawkline is transformed from ballad to banger by The Stone Club. Most memorable though is ‘Fire Leap,’ which assembles some of today’s most exciting female vocalists including Wet Leg and Sarah Meth. An absolute delight.”
– Shindig Magazine ★★★★ –

“KJP’s birdsong voice gives excellent ‘racy pagan’ on an Ep of covers of Paul Giovannie’s ersatz folk soundtrack to The Wicker Man.”
– Mojo Magazine –

“From the uncanny, esoteric ‘Fire Leap’, through to the fragile, mystical setting of ‘Lullaby’, the EP is a masterpiece, ranging from soft, tentative vocal renditions to an explorative, psych-tinged frenzy that would make Lou Reed proud. The looped ambience throughout is a perfect bed upon which the other parts bask in harmonic reverence.”
– Hard For Hearing Magazine –

Pressed on bio-plastic and limited to 500 copies.