Karine Polwart announces new album, ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’, due Nov 17th24 October 2017
Scotland’s Karine Polwart will release ‘A Pocket Of Wind Resistance’ via Hudson Records on November 17th. The album is the musical accompaniment to her acclaimed self-written, directed & performed debut theatre production ‘Wind Resistance’, which opened at last year’s Edinburgh Festival to 4 star reviews & multiple award nominations. You can listen to album’s first single, ‘Labouring & Resting’ below.
The project has been informed by Karine’s close-hand view of thousands of geese migrating to Fala Flow, a small peat bog by her home near Edinburgh. Fascinated by the way the birds take turns within their skeins to create pockets of wind resistance to aid each other’s flight, Polwart began to consider the ways in which humans depend on each other – whether we too form skeins of our own.
Speaking about the album, Karine says; “It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting.”
Over the years Karine has built an impressive CV – 2012’s ‘Traces’ – produced by Chvrches’ Iain Cook – was nominated for the Scottish Album of The Year, whilst her 2003 debut ‘Faultlines’ won her 3 BBC folk awards including album of the year. Karine’s also collaborated with artists as diverse as RM Hubbard, Squeeze, Portishead and Roddy Woomble.
Listen to ‘Labouring & Resting’ here: