By Paul H Birch
Alex Roberts breathes new life into his album Love & Supernatural with a remix and remaster, plus all-new bonus tracks to boot. Out now, and laden with 17-tracks, what been called a “timeless LP” has been reimagined for a new decade complete with cutting edge production.
Fans of John Martyn, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention and Renaissance and others among the folk-rock scene will find a similar appeal in Alex Roberts’s work.
Love & Supernatural explores the realms of romance and magic alike, inspired by the folk artist’s own magical practices, Listeners will hear twists and turns in aural narratives both grand and intimate, with shades of something beyond our known world. All weaved through Roberts’ raspy, emotive vocals, and intricate six-string arrangements.
Also available now, is the lead single, an opening album track, ‘Wandering Aengus’. Based on W. B. Yeats’ 1897 poem The Song of Wandering Aengus, medieval themes prevail, mirroring the bard’s tales with its construction but recontextualised by Roberts in a modern setting.
Roberts’ songwriting philosophy is “write your own gospel, love your own myth,” and a myriad of tales with a wide range of influences can be heard on Love & Supernatural – These range from ‘To Abeona’ written for the goddess of journeys and someone close to the artist who had gone missing, to ‘The Jolly Boat’ written in the throes of a wild storm, and the ode to Roberts’ old local Dorset pub ‘By The Stour’.
A self-professed enthusiast of magic, synchronicity and the ancient practices of pre-Christian Europe, Roberts enjoys life outside the confines of the modern rat race. These troubadour influences are placed front and centre across Love & Supernatural – An album described as “less your standard collection of songs and more an epic recounting adventures big and small”.
Originally released in 2013, those Love & Supernatural tracks have been remastered with an additional five live performance tracks added. fans to enjoy. Available now from here. Alex Robert’s full discography is also now available across the major streaming platforms for the first time.