Stuart Warwick – Sailors (single) (Faux Discx / Laugh Riot Records)

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As we draw ever closer to the year’s end, the old adage of “saving the best for last”  seems appropriate for Stuart Warwick’s “Sailors”.

Stuart Warwick first started creating music under the alias Jacob’s Stories back in 2003 and his return is gorgeous, spellbinding, and moving.

Richly layered strings, piano, and chimes combine with jazz-like drum brush strokes to create a dark and elegant composition that recalls Bat For Lashes, and Perfume Genius mixed with Rufus Wainwright.  Mesmerising, “Sailors” is delicately constructed and deftly melodic.

As the press release that accompanies the single states, the song is “a heady mix of bittersweet lost-love songs and Warwick’s darkly comic, twisted and lewd lyrical wit”, uniting Bat For Lashes meets Tim Burton style fantasy with the confessional unease often revealed in the work of Perfume Genius.

Already promising to be a 2013 highlight, the album ‘The Butcher’s Voice’ will released as a digital download and limited edition ‘pop up’ CD on Stuart’s own Laugh Riot Records, and vinyl pressing through Faux Discx on January 14, 2013. Pre-order now.

In the meantime download “Sailors” for free from Stuart Warwick’s Soundcloud page.

Listen to “Sailors” below: