UK based singer/songwriter and DIY musician, Blake, has signed a deal with independent record label, Subjangle, who will be issuing a double CD containing forty of his songs on October 25th.
The South Africa based indie label signed the artist following the release of his home-recorded album 1971, earlier this year. The new CD, entitled HMS Blake, will feature a mixture of newly composed songs and older material stretching back to the days of Blake’s former band, Karma Truffle, who were signed to the Ecto Music label in the ‘00s.
Blake said, “I am absolutely delighted to be signed to Subjangle. The label has some fantastic acts on its roster, including The Hannah Barberas, The Crystal Furs, The Alpine Subs and Night Heron. HMS Blake is a mixture of the old and the new. It features my latest songs but also serves as a career retrospective.”
Album highlights include ‘Vinyl Junkie’, which was featured in the 2018 British crime film ‘Dragonflies Only Live For 24 Hours’, and which appears on the CD sampler of the current issue of Relix music magazine, and the Paul McCartney tribute song, ‘Pepper Man’. Of the latter, Blake said, “I’ve been playing the role of John Lennon in a Beatles tribute band for years, but I felt it was time for McCartney to receive some recognition for being a musical genius, too.”
The CD also features a tribute to legendary Fleetwood Mac founder and lead guitarist, Peter Green, who passed away in July. “I’ve been a fan of Peter since I was at school,” Blake said. “I’ve covered a couple of songs by the original line-up of Fleetwood Mac in the past but I was moved to write a song for Peter after the tribute concert to him that Mick Fleetwood organised at the Albert Hall earlier this year.”
Julie Fowler of Subjangle, who helped curate the tracks of Blake’s earlier work on the second disc, said, “HMS Blake is a superb collection of songs from a great ‘lost’ songwriter. His sound is reminiscent of 90s acts such as Belle and Sebastian and Gorkys Zygotic Mynci. but also contains a raw edge with a 60s psych vibe.”
HMS Blake is available to pre-order on CD for £8 from Blake’s Bandcamp page: https://thisisblake.bandcamp.com/ For further information about Blake, visit his website: https://www.thisisblake.com/