Ian Felice talks debut album ahead of Edinburgh gig

Ian Felice, lead singer of Conor Oberst’s recent touring band The Felice Brothers, brings his excellent solo debut album to Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms in November as part of a wider UK tour.

Breaking from the Felice Brothers to release music under his own name for the first time, In The Kingdom Of Dreams sees Felice reflecting on chapters of his life, but not in a specifically literal or logical sequence.

“The result is a pretty reflective record that hopefully blows some cobwebs from the window of my psyche,” says Felice.

Recommended for fans of Neutral Milk Hotel, Magnetic Fields, The Felice Brothers, the album was written in 2016, recorded in just four days in 2017, and produced by brother Simone (Bat For Lashes, Lumineers).

“When I began writing the songs that would become In The Kingdom Of My Dreams many were based on memories of my past but not necessarily all literal or in a logical sequence,” says Felice.

“I became interested in the pull between reality and unreality and also in how time affects memory. 

“By the end of 2016 I was run down from touring America, riding out the storm of political mania and juggling a few personal dilemmas (including the revelation that I would soon be a father).

“The Kingdom Of Dreams became a place where I could escape from the numbing flood of data that permeates modern life and try to unravel pieces of my past, rearrange memories with dreams or lines from my imagination and construct something that functioned outside the limits of reality.

“Many of the songs deal with childhood memories of Palenville and its people, like the song In Memoriam, which is partly about the death of my stepfather when I was eight, Water Street, that confronts my fears of becoming a father, or 21st Century, that deals with mental illness and politics on a more universal level.

“It only seemed right that I should make the album there, along the green banks of the Katterskill Creek and with my brother Simone as producer.

“The result is a pretty reflective record that hopefully blows some cobwebs from the window of my psyche. Many of the things that I was writing at the time didn’t work as songs, and so I published a companion book of poetry, Hotel Swampland.”

Support at the Voodoo Rooms in November comes from Gill Landry, who has released his latest album, Love Rides A Dark Horse, this autumn, featuring guest appearances from members of First Aid Kit, Mumford & Sons and more.

22 Nov – MANCHESTER, Night And Day

23 Nov – EDINBURGH, Voodoo Rooms

24 Nov – NEWCASTLE, Live Theatre

26 Nov – NOTTINGHAM, The Maze

27 Nov – LONDON, Borderline

28 Nov – BRISTOL, Thekla

29 Nov – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds

30 Nov – LEEDS, Brudenell

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