English Songwriter Ralegh Long released his debut album Hoverance to critical acclaim in 2015. Leaving his adopted London, Long returned to his childhood home to write an album of singular grace and simplicity, steeped in natural imagery and "Spooky pastoralism" (MOJO). Hoverance and its follow-up E.P We Are in the Fields (2016) won praise from The Guardian for their “twilit ambience and demented beauty” and from Sky Arts as "calling to mind the atmosphere of Nick Drake". Both records received support from Spotify as well as from BBC6 Music presenters Lauren Laverne, Guy Garvey and Gideon Coe.
His second album, Upwards of Summer was released in June 2017 and won the HMUK and Pledge Music Emerging Artists Award. CLASH declared it 'the sound of an artist revitalised and brimming with enthusiasm'. Written during a time of personal change, when Long was unsure if he was going to continue making music, and recorded with his touring band - in a process that Long credits with "healing [his] relationship with music" - Upwards of Summer is a revelation. The somber string and woodwind arrangements of Hoverance are nowhere to be seen; the melodicism of his debut is instead fused with the jangle of chorus guitars and anthemic hooks in a thrillingly confident return. The album has received acclaim from Elton John, as well as support from Spotify, and UNCUT who likened it to "Rattlesnakes-era Lloyd Cole", R.E.M and Beck's Sea Change.
In January 2018, Long released a new single, the fragile, reflective and minimalist 'Am I Home', which made Apple Music's Singer-Songwriter A-List, as well as Spotify's 'The Most Beautiful Songs in the World'. He followed this in March with the single "Super Blue Moon" which debuted on Spotify's New Music Friday and Apple's Best of the Week worldwide, beginning the journey of introducing this cult artist to a wider audience.
"He seems incapable of sitting at a piano and coming up with anything that doesn’t tremble with almost mystical longing ... you’ll be reminded variously of Nilsson, early Todd Rundgren, even Alex Chilton at his most overwrought and wracked." The Guardian
“A great song” Elton John
"Sad, spooky pastoralism of Bill Fay or Nick Drake are touchstones on songs laden with rural imagery and dexterous melody." Mojo 4*s
"Really, really beautiful". Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music