ORLANDO WEEKS SHARES NEW SINGLE “DEEP DOWN, WAY OUT”
August 25, 2021
Orlando Weeks’ recent single ‘Big Skies, Silly Faces’ provided an alluring introduction to his upcoming second solo album. A-listed atBBC 6Music for a month, the single was greeted with a wave of attention from the likes of DIY, Dork, NME, Notion and The Line of Best Fit. Now Weeks presents the new album’s second single ‘Deep Down, Way Out’.
‘Deep Down, Way Out’ puts a fresh twist on the lean, concise and spacious leftfield pop of Weeks’ previous single. Those characteristics again shine here, with the help of some intriguingly off-kilter sonic touches: swirling 10cc-esque vocal harmonies, the lolloping lurch of Frank Ocean collaborator Ben Reed’s bass, and some chiming guitar. Its distinctive Krautrock-style rhythm demonstrating a unique new sound from Weeks. Both tracks were produced by Bullion, who helped hone in on a sound that’s very natural, with warm instrumentation manipulated in imaginative ways.
Weeks says, “I never thought I’d make cliff top, roof down, drive into the sunset type music but, Deep Down’ does feel like that to me. A sort of stompy freedom. A very concise, 2 minutes of freedom. I think it’s the best representative of the world myself and Bullion were trying to build on the album. Lean but full of buoyancy. In the absence of a convertible and cliff top I wanted the video to have that slight fanciful, otherworldliness and be unapologetically head-noddy. The otherworldliness comes courtesy of Daniel W Fletcher’s bespoke double headed costume, made especially for the video. And the unapologetic head nodding is thanks to Lolly Adefope with Rik Burnell directing and pulling it all together. “
Weeks’ debut solo album ‘A Quickening’ catalogued the emotions and expectations that accompany imminent parenthood: anxieties and anticipation, hopes and fears, a monumentally personal yet also an undeniably universal experience. On reflection, however, its focus was on expectancy: the small wonders of new life were left largely unspoken. As Weeks’ new reality took shape, it would be natural – expected, even – for his forthcoming album to document what came next.
In addition to producer Bullion and Ben Reed (best known as part of Frank Ocean’s live band), Weeks’ new songs also feature inspiring contributions from Katy J Pearson and Willie J Healey.
Orlando Weeks’ headline tour lands in March 2022 and is extended with added dates in Birmingham and Brighton. NME’s five-star review of his EartH show back in 2020 noted a “beguiling show of restrained energy, a deeply felt performance… The singer has made music to hold someone close to, a live experience urging you to reach out and squeeze their hand.”
Remaining tickets for the tour, listed below, are available here.
10th – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
11th – Edinburgh, The Mash House
12th – Manchester, Royal Northern College of Music
15th – Birmingham, O2 Institute (NEW ADDED DATE)
16th – Cambridge, Junction
17th – Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
19th – Brighton, Concorde 2 (NEW ADDED DATE)
20th – London, The Barbican Centre