August Gilde shares “Once in a While” single
His second single ahead of his upcoming album ‘Animals’
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August Gilde has returned with “Once in a While”, the second single from his new album, Animals. Produced by Tali Trow, it finds the Yorkshire-based singer/songwriter/organic farmer delivering a message to himself: “Before you make your way home, be sure to paint the cave walls, ‘cos you never told your story…” It’s a from-the-heart declaration that he’s going to make his mark, with an allusion to the Paleolithic cave art discovered in the 19th century.
Gilde, who lives and writes songs at his rural smallholding at the top of a hill in North Yorkshire, says: “‘Once in a While’ is about leaving your mark on the world. I said ‘be sure to pain the cave walls’ because cave paintings are the oldest form of preserved human art in the world.”
The song is highly personal, touching on his battle to reach a place where he’s comfortable. For the Gilde, that would be a life where his subtle but emotionally rich songs reach an audience of kindred spirits – people who may well recognise themselves in this warm track.
“A big part of ‘Once in a While’ is the struggle to get across my art to the world, and I’m asking myself why I’m so drawn to that. I do it so feverishly – one line says ‘if you get time then tell me why you’re moving like a solar wind through the church halls.’ Me talking to myself.”
You wouldn’t guess that the idea for the track came to him while he was home in his self-built log cabin, waiting for dinner to cook. What did he eat that night? “Pasta!” Many of his songs begin life in exactly such everyday situations. It’s how he develops them that makes them special.
“Once in a While” follows “Animals”, the first single from the album of the same name.
Due for release in early 2024
Autumn is a particularly beautiful time in the Yorkshire Dales, where August Gilde lives and writes songs in a log cabin at the top of a hill. And autumn is what comes to mind when listening to his new album, Animals, the follow-up to his acclaimed 2021 debut, A Different Kind. It evokes oak and hazel leaves changing colour, and the feeling of the year winding down. It’s also there in his warm voice, and in the introspective music itself. This is a record that feels like a gilded sunset on a November afternoon.
He was raised in one of the most beautiful places in England, the 12th century Bolton Priory estate. It shaped his worldview: he loves the tranquillity of the countryside, but has an equally fierce intolerance of injustice. When Gilde gave up his career hand-crafting country furniture to make music fulltime, he poured everything into his lyrics: hopes, fears, and ambivalence.
While Animal’s ten songs feel tranquil at first listen, there’s an undercurrent of unease. Even the album title speaks to Gilde’s disquiet about the mess the world is in. “We see ourselves as gods, but animalistic traits come out in us when bad things happen,” he explains. On the title track, Gilde’s voice and guitar are accented by Steve Barlow’s exquisite pedal-steel playing. It’s as beautiful a piece of alt-folk as anything that’s come out in the last decade.
Animals is a quiet, impassioned statement in a world full of noise. You won’t hear anything else like it.
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December 4, 2023 7:49am ET by August Gilde