On Permanent Way Cunningham laughs in the face of ‘difficult second album’ syndrome and ‘acoustic-singer-songwriter’ imagery with boosted colours and dynamics, while retaining the essence of the man’s achingly personable appeal.
In terms of production it’s more of a team effort: Duncan Tootill returns to co-produce (while adding piano and synth) but the album was predominantly put together alongside producer/engineer Sam Scott (who also adds brass and keyboards and percussion). A trip to LA for a session with producer Rodaidh McDonald (The XX, King Krule), added ‘Don’t Go Far, ‘Bite’ and ‘Force of Habit’ to the finished record.
Permanent Way documents life’s uncertainties: the need for intimacy and love, but also space and independence. “I’m quite a private person outside of performing” Cunningham admits. “There is some autobiographical stuff in the lyrics, but it flits in and out quite a lot; it’s much more about people generally and their interactions”
The Indie LP is on White vinyl
1. Permanent Way
2. Don’t Go Far
3. Sink In
5. Different Spaces
7. Interlude (Tango)
9. Hundred Times
10. Maybe We Won’t
11. Force Of Habit
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