Recommending…Will Varley

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I first heard of Will a few years ago when Frank Turner tweeted that the folk singer-songwriter had just signed up to his label, Xtra Mile recordings. By then, Will had already released two albums on an independent label, which brilliantly mixed politics, epic lyricism in songs like Weddings & Wars (with that amazing video) and King for a Kingas well as the more lighthearted stuff like I Got This Email.

The combination of those songwriting skills, and a more mature, melancholy outlook, lead to a brilliant third album called Postcards From Ursa Minor. It includes one of my favourite ever songs, The Man Who Fell To Earth, written about Jose Matada, who died trying to flee his country in the undercarriage of a Boeing 747.