This excellent video premiere is all about Martin Wardley’s gorgeous vocal. His characterful voice and lyrics have a storytelling quality that bring to mind Tom Waits. The video is superbly shot on location at the seafront in Blackpool where the images of people living their lives in the background, sometimes at great speed in comparison to Wardley, fit perfectly with the song’s themes. Lyrically, the single explores the passage of time and losing one’s way as things change. As the music builds, it reflects the idea that, with reflection, one can begin to move forward again.
‘Resurrecting the Show’ was produced by Ben Matravers and mastered by Pete Maher, who has worked with the likes of U2 and Rolling Stones and the song really benefits from the quality of these collaborators: the sound is warm and layered, particularly beautiful as the piano lifts and flows towards the conclusion. This is the latest of several singles released this year as the Cumbria based singer-songwriter and poet works towards his next full-length album. Check out Wardley’s two previous albums, including 2018’s ‘Pedestrian Odyssey’. While waiting for more new music, look out for ‘Words on Wednesday’, Wardley’s weekly release on his social media channels, which focuses on poetry.
‘Resurrecting the Show’ is engaging, affecting music, demonstrating Wardley’s song craft. Enjoy.