Karine Polwart – Lark In The Clear Air | New Music
Scottish singer-songwriter and five-time winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Karine Powart has just unveiled her new single entitled “Lark In The Clear Air“. This is the latest track lifted up from her upcoming album A Pocket Of Wind Resistance which is set to be released on November, 17 via Hudson Records.
A Pocket Of Wind Resistance is the musical accompaniment to Polwart’s critically acclaimed theatrical debut Wind Resistance on the Edinburgh International Festival, last year.
Speaking about this new released track which is accompanied by the delicate sound of two beautiful instruments such us the harp and the marimba, the Scottish singer gives voice to the Irish poet Sir Samuel Ferguson‘s words.
Karine explains: “In the spring and summer, Fala Moor is alive with skylarks, floating up and up on invisible shafts of air. And yet skylarks are a red-listed endangered species in the British Isles, pushed to the margins by intensive industrial farming practices”.
“The RSPB has responded by encouraging farmers to incorporate skylark ‘plots’ into their fields in order to protect their vulnerable ground nests. In Gaelic, the word for skylark is fosg. It means, literally, open space, including the space above us. When I go to Fala Moor, I get filled up with space“.
Karine usually faces themes of a variety of issues from alcoholism to genocide, in her songs, but this time because she has recently become a mother, she said “It’s a meditation on the ways in which we, as humans, protect and care for one another, and for all life, by stepping up, falling back, labouring and resting in our own fashion. In particular, it’s a hymn to mothers and birthing, to the proffering of sanctuary, to the miracle of medicine, and a reminder, a warning, about the consequences of isolating and forgetting“.
The geese’s role in Fala Flow’s delicate ecology reminds her of this new recent experience.
Listen to this new song below:
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