Halifax, UK-born, Manchester-based singer/songwriter and guitarist Henry Carlyle is best known for his work in acclaimed JOVM mainstay act The Orielles. Carlyle steps into the spotlight as a solo artist with the release of his debut single “The Ground.”
Clocking in at a smidge under six minutes, “The Ground” which features guest spots from Julia Bardo, (backing vocals, bass, sax) and Jake Bogacki (drums), is centered around Carlyle’s world weary and heartbroken delivery, wiry guitars, bursts of twinkling glockenspiel, and an intimate and dusty, lo-fi like production. Although the “The Ground” possesses an expansive song structure, it’s a decided sonic departure from Carlyle’s primary gig, the song finds The Orielles co-founder eschewing the strobe lights of the disco for thoughtful and lived-in lyricism and earthy arrangements — while sounding a bit like Daman Albarn’s solo work.
Described by Carlyle as “a song about displacement,” the song’s origins can be traced back to a winter day in which the Halifax-born, Manchester-based singer/songwriter and guitarist began writing down his fractious thoughts of his unanchored passing through time and space. “It was inspired by floating through the universe and through time bouncing off events and other humans, never really knowing where you should be or what you should be doing anyway” Carlyle explains.