James McArthur & the Head Gardeners

James McArthur & the Head Gardeners release single ‘Tourist Town’

New album ‘Intergalactic Sailor’ is out Friday 11th October on Moorland Records

Today, Welsh-born folk songwriter James McArthur and his band the Head Gardeners have released new single ‘Tourist Town’. McArthur has explained the track is “…about a mixture of places, mainly Posada in eastern Sardinia and the Valpolicella region of mainland Italy. It’s about getting under the skin of people and places through the social tendencies of wine… Wales and Sardinia do have real similarities (although not in the weather) that include an intriguing history, and a tendency for the un-hinged.”

McArthur and band have also announced a rooftop launch gig for upcoming album. ‘Intergalactic Sailor’ is released this Friday via Moorland Records. The intimate and ephemeral live show will enable fans to see the band up close and personal, whilst also experiencing the impermanence of sky light and the London skyline. The nine storey building, opposite the Shard in London Bridge, will be demolished shortly afterwards. The event will take place this Friday, October 11th, and tickets are available now via Eventbrite.

Previously, McArthur shared first cut from the album, ‘Plane Sailors’, which was described by Folk Radio UK as reminiscent of the “metamorphosis that British folk underwent during the late 1960’s, when the influence of psychedelia and the counterculture saw the idiom being twisted into all kinds of new and exotic shapes”.

It features Syd Arthur’s Joe and Liam Magill. According to McArthur, ‘Plane Sailors’ was inspired by planes that land on the sea and pick up water to put out forest fires, and “how communities can help improve the planet, whilst also helping each other.”

In collaboration with label Wonderfulsound, a double A side 7” vinyl of tracks “Tourist Town” and “Plane Sailors” has been released as part of their bi-monthly singles club Wonderfulsevens.

Find more information on James McArthur & the Head Gardeners HERE.