Meilyr Jones shares ‘Return To Life’ video and announces John Grant support dates

Ahead of the release of his debut album this Friday (18th March), Meilyr Jones shares ‘Return To Life‘. The song’s accompanying video features studio footage from the album recording back in November 2014, after his return to London from Rome.

Working closely on arrangements with composer Joseph Davies, Jones assembled a 30-strong orchestra “out of friends, and friends of friends of friends, in the same way that if you were to start a pop band.” There was a saxophonist, a bassoonist, a clarinetist, some classical players, jazz players, and brass players from his tuba days. For two days they all gathered at a recording studio in South London, with the producer Iwan Morgan and the engineer Jimmy Robertson.

“I wanted to record it completely live,” Jones explains. “The idea was doing it like a Frank Sinatra session.”

Over these days they recorded the main body of the tracks ‘Olivia’, ‘Return to Life’, ‘Passionate Friend’, ‘Rome’ and ‘Be Soft’, the songs later embellished with further additions – the Glad Café Choir from Glasgow, field recordings of birds, three trombonists recorded in a cemetery, among them. Watch the footage below…

Meilyr Jones – Return To Life (Studio Footage)

Jones has also added new dates with John Grant to his busy touring schedule, which includes a headline show at London’s Moth Club on 26th April and performances at The Great Escape, Field Day, Secret Garden Party, Tramlines, Live At Leeds, Standon Calling, Green Man, End of the Road and more. Upcoming UK dates below:

Tuesday 22 March – Rough Trade East, London Tickets
Monday 18 April Point Ephémère, Paris Tickets
Monday 25 April Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate Tickets
Tuesday 26 April Moth Club, London Tickets
Wednesday 27 April Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham Tickets
Thursday 28 April The Louisiana, Bristol Tickets
Friday 29 April Studio 2, Liverpool Tickets
Saturday 30 April Live At Leeds, Leeds Tickets
Monday 2 May The Cluny, Newcastle Upon Tyne Tickets
Tuesday 3 May King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow Tickets
12 – 14 May Focus Wales, Wrexham Tickets
Friday 13 May Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff Tickets
19 – 21 May The Great Escape, Brighton Tickets
Wednesday 8 June Salisbury City Hall, Salisbury Tickets with John Grant
Thursday 9 June Millennium Centre, Cardiff Tickets with John Grant
Friday 10 June O2 Institute Birmingham, Digbeth Tickets with John Grant
11 – 12 June Field Day, London Tickets
21 – 24 July Secret Garden Party, Huntingdon Tickets
22 – 24 July Deer Shed Festival, Thirsk Tickets
22 – 24 July Tramlines, Sheffield Tickets
29 – 31 July Standon Calling, Standon Tickets
18 – 21 August Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons Tickets
2 – 4 September Electric Picnic, Stradbally Tickets
2 – 4 September End of the Road Festival, Salisbury Tickets

‘Return To Life’ is the fourth track to be revealed from 2013, and follows the earlier success of “Featured Artist“, “Refugees” and ‘How To Recognise a Work of Art.’

2013 tracklisting:
2. Don Juan
3. Passionate Friend
5. Rome
6. Rain In Rome
7. Strange Emotional
8. Return To Life
9. Love
10. Olivia
12. Be Soft