Published Oct 16, 2015Toronto-based singer-songwriter Royal Wood released his last LP The Burning Bright last year and then followed it up with a companion record called I Wish You Well. Keeping his prolific streak going, Wood has now unveiled plans to release a new full-length titled Ghost Light in 2016.
The album arrives on April 22 via MapleMusic Recordings and, according to a press release, will hear Wood delivering a more "raw take on life."
Wood's musical imprint can be heard all over the record, as he played almost 90 percent of the music himself, though the talents of special guests like Hannah Georgas and Felicity Williams of Bahamas also make appearances. Ghost Light was recorded between Toronto and Los Angeles, and was co-produced by Wood and Bill Lefler.
"This album for me was a full return to writing and recording simply for the joy of creation — like when I was a kid. A true letting go and allowing," said Wood in a statement. "I jumped around from instrument to instrument in the studio; playing piano and guitar solos, bass, keys, percussion, anything and everything I could get my hands on."
You can hear the first sampling of his reinvigorated creative spark by giving lead single "Long Way Out" a spin below. Scroll past the album's full tracklisting and Wood's upcoming tour dates to hear the new track.
1. A World Between Us
2. Come Back To You
3. Til the Morning Comes
4. I'm Gonna Marry You
5. I Still Believe
6. Long Way Out
7. Dear Anna
8. Morning Light
9. Weight of a Stone
10. To Forgive
11. I Was the Man
12. Ghost Light
02/11 Slave Lake, AB - SPEC Centre
02/13 Airdrie, AB - The Bert Church Theatre
02/19 Camrose, AB - Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre
02/20 Bragg Creek, AB - Bragg Creek Performing Arts
02/27 Walkerton, ON - Victoria Jubilee Hall
03/26 Errington, ON - Errington Hall
04/28 Halifax, NS - St. Matthew's United Church
04/29 Charlottetown, PE - Confederation Centre of the Arts Mack Theatre
04/30 Charlottetown, PE - Confederation Centre of the Arts Mack Theatre
05/06 Ottawa, ON - National Arts Centre Southam Hall
05/07 Toronto, ON - The Danforth Music Hall
05/12 London, ON - Aeolian Hall
05/13 London, ON - Aeolian Hall
05/14 London, ON - Aeolian Hall