Our Man In The Field (aka Alex Ellis) released ‘The Road’ as a brand new single on 9th February, immediately prior to a tour that started the following day.
“‘The Road’ is about our relationship with success and how successful people are often very fragile and get treated badly after excelling at something, just because they have flaws like the rest of us in other parts of their lives,” explains Ellis. “It could be sports people like George Best or Paul Gascoigne, celebrities like Caroline Flack, musicians like Whitney Houston or Amy Winehouse – there are many examples. I think it’s a myth that someone who is good at art or sports or singing should be held to a higher standard than everyone else – no one signs up for that. It isn’t about people accused of misconduct, and I don’t mean in any way to condone any bad behaviour. It’s about those people whose vulnerability is preyed upon until breaking point. We should all do our best – that’s all anyone can do – and we should all know from our own lives that often your best isn’t enough. There’s an eagerness to see someone fall, perhaps it gives us comfort for our own failures. I’m guilty of consuming information that is none of my business, so we can’t keep blaming the press for it. If we didn’t read it, they wouldn’t write it.”
GOLD ON THE HORIZON UK TOUR
10.02.24 NOTTINGHAM The Chapel Angel Microbrewery
11.02.24 SHEFFIELD Greystones
12.02.24 BIRMINGHAM Kitchen Garden Cafe
13.02.24 OXFORD The Jericho
15.02.24 MANCHESTER Gullivers
16.02.24 GLASGOW Glad Cafe
17.02.24 NEWCASTLE Cluny 2
18.02.24 SALTBURN Theatre
20.02.24 HEBDEN BRIDGE Trades Club
A new London date will take place at Bush Hall on 28th September, with further spring/summer 2024 shows to be announced soon.
‘Gold On The Horizon’ was released to rave reviews in late November. Produced by Tucker Martine (The National, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Rosanne Cash) and with its rugged and windswept sonic topography driven by acoustic guitar, pedal steel and Alex Ellis’ voice, the result is a winning combination of indie-folk and Americana with significant soulful country vibes that nods to the likes of Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Wilco, Ryan Adams and Lambchop.
The album has been earning plaudits across the music press on both sides of the Atlantic (UK review quotes below), while it has also been praised by BBC 6 Music (Mark Radcliffe) and BBC Scotland (Ricky Ross), been made Album of the Week on both BBC Scotland (Iain Anderson) and BBC Ulster (Eve Blair), plus received airplay on Absolute Radio, Amazing Radio and more.
A lyric video for album opener ‘Feel Good’ can be seen HERE, while its release was preceded by the singles ‘Last Dance’ STREAM and ‘How Long’ STREAM.