Willie J Healey takes another big step towards the August 7 release of his new album Twin Heavy by sharing the new single ‘Fashun’.
The release of the single comes alongside with its official video, with the track has been premiered by Steve Lamacq at 6 Music.
‘Fashun’ melds ragged power-pop, slacker indie and rousing, soulful backing vocals with nods to Willie’s favourite artists such as Neil Young and George Harrison.
Listen to ‘Fashun’ by Willie J Healey on the Shoot Music New Releases Playlist on Spotify.
It sets an irresistible tone as the opening track on the album, but curiously was recorded after Willie thought it had been completed. It was recorded during an improvised session with producer / drummer Loren Humphreys (The Last Shadow Puppets, Florence + The Machine, Tame Impala) as they mixed the record.
The session was so exciting”, recalls Willie. “I was having a really good time in New York. One night a bunch of Loren’s friends came down to the studio and we just started playing.
“It was so fun, we didn’t speak about who would play what which made it really wild and I think we got ‘Fashun’ in two takes. I’ll never forget the look in Loren’s eye while behind
the kit. A wild man was driving the train and we all loved the ride.’
The accompanying video finds Willie and a near lookalike playing up the fashion theme by pulling shapes and posing for the camera. It emphasises the contrasts that are at the essence of the artist: sure, the music is serious, but Willie is the antithesis to the cliché of the tortured artist. It was directed by his regular visual collaborator Joe Wheatley.
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