Lost Horizons Share Video For Title Track Of Upcoming Album “In Quiet Moments” Featuring Ural Thomas
Album out 26th February via Bella Union
With their new album In Quiet Moments due for release 26th February via Bella Union, Lost Horizons share a video for the title track of the LP which features Ural Thomas on vocals.
Ural Thomas was born in Louisiana in 1939, learning to sing in church. The seventh of sixteen children, his family relocated to Portland, Oregon when he was a young child. Thomas became a professional singer as a young man in the 1950s, with over forty performances at the Apollo Theatre in Manhattan, New York. He worked with or opened for musicians such as Etta James, Otis Redding, James Brown and Stevie Wonder. Thomas moved back to Portland in 1968. After this not much is known, until the early 2010s when Scott Magee, a Portland-based soul DJ, learned via the owner of Mississippi Records that Thomas – whose early records he spun – still lived in Portland. Despite having weekly jam sessions in his home, a tradition started in the 1970s, Thomas seldom played live shows. Together, Thomas and Magee created Ural Thomas and the Pain, an eight-piece backing band for Thomas’s vocals. The group has released two full length albums: 2016’s self-titled release and 2018’s “The Right Time”.
In Quiet Moments conveys such beauty, progressively piercing the aura with elements of emotion, fragility, and immersive warmth. This is a delicate and soulful orchestral phenomenon. The brooding vocals shine throughout the complex soundscape and Ural Thomas brings this profound and gleaming sensation to the piece. With their latest collaboration, Lost Horizons deliver once again. Each track they’ve shared from their highly anticipated forthcoming release covers such ground, each composition wildly different yet that Lost Horizons charisma runs through.
Of the track Ural Thomas says: “When I first heard the song, I thought it was such a wonderful thing, both open and calm, with that steady, insistent groove. The chords go from looming to embracing then back again, like a sad, friendly giant. It took a quiet moment to go over it in my mind and then we were off and running with the tune. At times I feel strong and one with the world. At other times I feel tiny and solitary. In a way they’re two parts of the same feeling. That sense of being closed in and defined by walls became more real just a short while after we worked on the song. But we’re all those other things, too—connected, hopeful, with a long arc that will go beyond this time.”
Simon Raymonde of Lost Horizons adds: “Sometimes you just have a clear vision for a song and then try as you might, it doesn’t quite hit the mark and other times, you’re not quite sure where it’s going and then all of sudden it’s like The Matrix and you’re buzzing! I’d been talking to Ural and his team since I heard about him earlier that year, and they were all working on a new Ural Thomas and The Pain album, but just as I finished the bass part on our piece, which Richie had started at a session in London, my inner voice was screaming “ASK URAL TO SING!” Scott and Brent who are his producers and write with Ural and in his band too, responded very positively to my enquiry and said Ural was into it, and it looked like they could do it all at their studio in Portland AND film him at the same time as they were making a documentary about him! I couldn’t believe my luck. After he was done with the first half of the song I asked if he could make the ending spoken-word in the style of Gil Scott-Heron and he did something ad-libbed which I loved. I then asked Wendi Rose who sings with Spiritualized to add some of her beautiful vocals and I think this took it all to the next level. Paul Gregory and Jonathan Wilson also played some delicious guitar parts which were the fairy dust on top!”
1. Halcyon – Lost Horizons feat. Penelope Isles
2. I Woke Up With An Open Heart – Lost Horizons. feat. The Hempolics
3. Grey Tower – Lost Horizons feat. Tim Smith
4. Linger – Lost Horizons feat. Gemma Dunleavy
5. One For Regret – Lost Horizons feat. Porridge Radio
6. Every Beat That Passed – Lost Horizons feat. Kavi Kwai
7. Nobody Knows My Name – Lost Horizons feat. Cameron Neal
8. Cordelia – Lost Horizons feat. John Grant
9. In Quiet Moments – Lost Horizons feat. Ural Thomas
10. Circle – Lost Horizons feat. C Duncan
11. Unravelling In Slow Motion – Lost Horizons feat. Ren Harvieu
12. Blue Soul – Lost Horizons feat. Laura Groves
13. Flutter – Lost Horizons feat. Rosie Blair
14. Marie – Lost Horizons feat. Marissa Nadler
15. Heart Of A Hummingbird – Lost Horizons feat. KookieLou
16. This Is The Weather – Lost Horizons feat. Karen Peris