Unsettled Weather

by Simon Batten

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Unsettled Weather is the first full album release from Simon Batten. Often desrcibed as one of the best singers to have come out of Oxford, Simon is the ex-frontman for blues-rock groups Georgia and The River as well as being the brains behind electronica acts Test Pilot and Dr Robotnik. Now solo and writing songs that are equally influenced by 1970s Americana and his own varied musical background, not to mention vocal deliveries inspired by the greats of the 1950s, Simon has crafted a dazzlingly original record. Drawing on the wealth of talent centred around the city's long-running Catweazel night, Unsettled Weather is a record of considerable ambition and scope. It is a album that ranges from the touching acoustic eulogie to newly-found romance on Like a Storm to the mystical blues of Dead & Gone and from the grand statements of opening and closing tracks Darling, Wait and This Confusing Life to the sparse, reflectic piano songs of You Were and Tell Me.
"The whole album is meticulously put together, the arrangements and production as professional as many a major label release, and before long you can’t help but get lost in the strange, dreamlike world it creates. Hopeless as background music, it demands your full attention in brave opposition to a world where music is too often the soundtrack for running, travelling or some other multitasking activity. Seventy minutes is a long time to ask of a listener in a world of diminishing attention spans, but this is an unusual album that fully deserves the investment." Nightshift Magazine

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released May 1, 2012

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Simon Batten Oxford, UK

Often referred to as one of the best singers ever to have come out of Oxford, Simon is a singer-songwriter with an eclectic array of influences and a sound that sets him apart from the crowd. This distinct sound has seen his first solo album, 'Unsettled Weather' collect stellar reviews. ... more

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