“Album of the week ”Sydney Morning Herald, The Age
“‘William Crighton delivers the year’s best album, Australian or international, with the charged rock and heartfelt lyrics of Empire’”The Saturday Paper
“‘Strange, Vibrant, Wonderful’”The Australian
“‘Like Tom Waits and Nick Cave, William Crighton is an original. But apart from that, he’s like no one else’ ”Stack Magazine
Tour Dates 2018
WILLIAM CRIGHTON RELEASES NEW ALBUM - EMPIRE
William Crighton announces his landmark second album, EMPIRE.
With Empire, Crighton delivers both ageless and untempered fire and inexhaustible forward momentum.
Produced by established producer and collaborator Matt Sherrod and recorded in a series of evocative settings, “Empire” expands Crighton’s powerful sound into sprawling new planes and finds the singer-songwriter bringing a cinematographer’s eye for detail to bear on his unique and immersive lyrical style.
Having been described as a visionary and a penetrative lyricist, Crighton doesn’t buy into that, humbly and sincerely laughing it off. Discussing the album and compositions of Empire, Crighton says the driving force was “just being here. My 9-year-old daughter says, ‘hope is the one thing that brings us together’, I agree with her and think it could go either way. There’s more and more people realizing what’s going on and changing things for the better but on the other hand there’s a lot of greed and crazy out there holding on tight. A few years ago I asked a goodmate, a Wiradjuri bloke, if he thought a “great awakening” was coming and he said ‘they’re white fella words, we’ve been living sustainably for 100’s of thousands of years’ – That put me in my place and inspired me beyond measure.”
In 2017, Crighton released 7-inch vinyl ‘Hope Recovery’, accompanied Dan Sultan and CW Stoneking on their respective national tours, and performed to thronging crowds at WOMADelaide and Woodford Folk Festival. He showcased at Canadian Music Week, New York City’s Mondo Music Conference and the Folk Alliance International in Kansas City.
Quickly building a reputation as a world-class live performer, Crighton recently completed his debut Canadian tour, alongside JUNO nominated Terra Lightfoot.
Empire sees William Crighton expand his study of the human psyche, hard close-ups meet a roving widescreen lens. It is a songbook of breathtaking insight. The flame of the human spirit is, in Crighton’s hands, shown to be the most powerful force at work in 21st Century Australia: one that produces both soot and shadow, but also guiding light, illuminating both the painful past and the difficult path forward along which hope will always chime.
(words by Gareth Hipwell)
Empire is available from May 4th on ABC Music/Universal
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