Casual Labour, the first studio outing from ex-Dry the River frontman, P.D. Liddle, will be available on all digital platforms and physical format on July 13, released by the Xtra Mile Recordings label. A slow-burning folk rock splendour with Liddle's singular vocal signature, ‘Uncanny Valley’ is the second track to emerge from the forthcoming album. The single will sit alongside first release ‘You Shouldn’t Have Called’, which received a warm reception earlier in 2018.
As the vocalist and lyricist of East London folk-rock outfit Dry the River, Peter Liddle is a musician who has a proven pedigree. In releasing their widely acclaimed debut, Shallow Bed (2012) and its equally accomplished follow-up Alarms In The Heart (2014), the band amassed a passionate and dedicated following.
Dry the River may have parted ways in 2015, but those loyal listeners can take comfort as Liddle returns to limelight with a captivating first solo venture in Casual Labour. Laced with the hushed celestial tones and nuanced lyrical observations that have always separated Liddle from his songwriting peers, Casual Labour delivers 9 tracks of modern folk of the highest order.
Written gradually in the years that have elapsed since Dry the River disbanded, Liddle’s first solo release came together in his spare time as he turned his attention to a new career and began studying law. Taking shape in a box room in Bristol with vocals recorded in the early hours of the morning, Liddle was slow to realise he had laid the foundations of a solo album.
Speaking about Casual Labour, P.D. Liddle says: “When I was younger, I thought you wrote about the big events and huge milestones in your life - that you need emotional peaks and troughs to inspire you, but just participating in daily life is much more inspiring for me… The ethos of this record was if it’s really difficult, you’re not doing it right. If you’re having to push hard against something it’s probably not working. It was finding the path of least resistance… It's been a nice journey, discovering that.”