Black Eyes video: youtu.be/cyR1_0F6VXc
Of Missingness video: youtu.be/FcxwJYmHP_s
Last month there was not hint of this but today we stand ready with a brand new Jeff Kelly release, When The World Was Younger. Jeff’s new album is a follow up to last year’s, Beneath The Stars, Above The River. Portugal and Spain are again the inspiration for When The World Was Younger.
Jeff: It feels frivolous to release an album at this time or somehow self-indulgent. When The World Was Younger is not exploring heavy political or social themes, but rather is a little bit of something to help momentarily distract the senses, heal the heavy heart and uplift the spirit. I hope this album gives pleasure and respite from what we are facing today. As a show of solidarity, we are donating 100% of the album's first month’s sales on bandcamp to Black Lives Matter.
When The World Was Younger consists of four brand new songs along with fresh recordings of Jeff’s ‘Summer’s Here’ and ‘The Wishing Well,’ both of which were written in 1990 for the cassette release, Portugal. There is an acoustic take of ‘Cristina Dancing,’ Jeff’s tribute to flamenco dancer, Cristina Hoyos and a new recording of ‘Autumn in Lisbon’ originally written in 1997.
The collection also includes four previously released e-singles: ‘Of Missingness’ and the alternate takes of ‘Juliana of the One-Man-Scanner-Station,’ ‘The Lisbon Vampire’ and ‘Moon Over Granada.’
The new recordings were all created at home during the current pandemic. Jeff states: “Susanne and I had plans to go back to Europe this May. Then the virus hit and we had to cancel everything. I was very depressed for weeks and couldn’t get inspired to write anything.
Eventually, with much encouragement from Susanne, we set up a mini-studio in our backyard cottage and I started working again. Once I got started, I realized that distracting myself from this current, horrific situation was the only way to get through it. So this album is very nostalgic and about ‘missingness’ and of longing for another place and time when the world was younger…”