Friday, November 1, 2019

Hallelujah the Hills - "It Still Floors Me"

The latest single from Hallelujah the Hills combines many aspects of the band. Hallelujah the Hills have always had a bit of an experimental side, as some of their releases prove. I'm You, their upcoming album, promises to be more on the rock side of their releases, but "It Still Floors Me" allows them to indulge in their artsy side. Also, singer Ryan H. Walsh wrote a book about Van Morrison's 1968 album Astral Weeks, and through that book he met John Payne, the flute/alto sax player on Astral Weeks. "It Still Floors Me" features a guest appearance from John Payne.

Walsh explains: "This is the third single from the forthcoming I'm You, titled 'It Still Floors Me.' It's a sad, aching six minutes of longing, negotiating and an insistence that time travel is real. I got to know John Payne as a book subject first, recounting the story of his happenstance involvement with one of the greatest records ever made. But after the book was published and we did some press together, it occurred to me how unlikely it was that John's playing didn't appear on more records over the years, Boston or otherwise. The students at John's school are lucky to have him as a teacher, and we were lucky to have him come down to Pawtucket, RI and play flute and alto sax on our song here (btw, that's the actual, literal same alto sax that was played on 'Slim Slow Slider'!). As John is forever a believer in the power of improvisation, he purposely only listened to the song once before his recording session. Even after months of recording, mixing and mastering this song, his playing here makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. You guessed it, it still floors me."

You can listen to "It Still Floors Me" below. I'm You, the upcoming album from Hallelujah the Hills, will be released on November 15. You can pre-order the album here. For more on Hallelujah the Hills, check out their website.

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