Limited Edition 12" Vinyl plus download containing album & extra tracks.
"‘Night Songs’ is one of the best Folk albums of 2019" Neon Music
"Husky, folksy, loose and laid back. Eastern blends with western." Americana UK
"A soundtrack to red wine, cold evenings and dark windows, a great listen." Northern Sky
“there is a quietude and thoughtfulness to Night Songs.” Folking
“Franc Cinelli fuses Eastern & Western folk influences, contemporary songwriting & luxurious arrangements on Night Songs” Bliss Aquamarine
“Night Songs makes us want to open a bottle and sit up all night with him sharing thoughts and stories, drunken philosophers putting the world to rights. Whether the world in question is the size of the planet or the size of a candlelit room, Franc Cinelli has a song which fits it exactly.” Dancing About Architecture
Following on from the his acclaimed The Marvel Age, Franc Cinelli returns with a long-awaited new album in September. Night Songs was written throughout the last year and recorded once again in his SongCircle Studio in West London and is probably his most soulful collection of material yet.
Having begun 2018 in New York City, creating a series of straight-to-vinyl 7” singles through Leesta Vall Recordings in Brooklyn, Cinelli returned to London to commence work on a new set of songs, some of which would eventually fall together in the completion of Night Songs. This new collection joins together a healthy dose of spiritual cleansing and demon conquering with the help of varied influences crossing both Eastern and Western folk music, from Blaze Foley and John Martyn to N. Ravikiran and Ravi Shankar.
“I suppose they’ve all come from a place of introspection,” he considers. “They were songs I needed to write, plain and simple. But the songs on the record definitely feel to me like they belong together and the title Night Songs helps me understand them better. There’s a special beauty found only in the stillness of night, in the silent lonely darkness dreams are born and reflections make way for answers. Night time isn’t the end of anything; it’s the beginning, it’s the seed of a brand new start.”
Playing guitar, keyboards and percussion, Cinelli is joined on Night Songs by his regular bandmates, Drew Manley on drums and Laurence Saywood on bass, alongside guest vocalist Chantal Brown from the band Vodun.
Born in Rome, Franc moved to London at a young age, learning to play violin and guitar while surrounded by a wide range of musical influences from Muddy Waters to Lucio Dalla. Like all good troubadours, he spent a lot of time touring before making his first records. His previous album The Marvel Age received effusive coverage from the likes of RNR, Classic Rock and Acoustic magazines, as well as Folk Radio UK who rated it Album of the Month, while his songs have been played on BBC national and regional shows, including Dermot O’Leary, Janice Long and Roddy Hart.
"The Marvel Age summons images of endless horizons, straight rails and songs sung for a place to sleep; jump the train and listen.” Folk Radio UK
"A rootsy, bluesy, folky confection whose superpower appears to be the ability to fuse a hummable tune with thoughtful, thought-provoking lyrics." ✮✮✮✮ RNR Magazine
"Singer-songwriter with inviting rambling tendencies..." 8/10 AmericanaUK
"A road album evoking images of long distance car journeys through barren wastelands.” Acoustic Magazine
"Never has an album made me want to throw a guitar into the back of the car and head out into the unknown this much.” Dancing About Architecture
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