Thank you.

Hello all,

It’s been an overwhelming day hearing all the wonderful things that have been said about my new album, released today exclusively at my Pledgemusic site. I thought it’d be a good time to thank everybody involved in the making of this thing. It’s been a true labour of love, one of which I’m very proud.

First off, I'm honoured to have released this album with the help of PledgeMusic. I operate at the fringes of an ever-evolving and increasingly challenging business - PledgeMusic has afforded me the platform to interact with you, and with your help fund the recording and promotion of this release. Thanks to everybody that contributed to the campaign. From the Access Pass right up to the house shows, you played the key role in this adventure.

Biggest thanks go to my brother in the struggle, Roo Walker - an insanely talented musician and producer who dragged this record kicking and screaming into the world. Big love to James "Slim" Campbell for doing an astonishing job of the mix. Thanks to Roberto Ruiz, Jim Jayawardena, Etienne Girard, Luke Flowers, George Cooke, Kate Anita, Philippa Hannah, Dawn Elektra, Lucy Fellows, Scott Poley, Christian Madden, Chris Howard, Aron Bicskey and Adrian Gautrey who all gave their considerable musical talents to the project. Thanks to Chris Taylor and all at Parr Street Studios. Tim and the gang at Blueprint Studios. To Danton Supple for all of his advice and for introducing me to Pledgemusic in the first place. Love to Justin Moorhouse for his help in making this excellent video and to Ben Clark for his design wizardry.

This isn't an album attempting to chase a scene or reinvent the wheel, more a collection of good, honest songs that I legitimately believe are my best yet. If you’ve enjoyed my work from Spectres onwards I ask that you pick up the record at Pledge if you can, listen and tell your friends about it. It all counts.

25% of all profits after my target goal has been reached at the Pledgemusic campaign will go to CALM, an amazing charity dedicated to preventing male suicide - the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.

With love, pride and strength.

LF x

Smoke

So as promised I wanted to introduce you to some of the songs from The Latchkey Kid in the run-up to it's release in August. We'll start with Smoke, one of the earliest I wrote for the album.

Let me preface this by telling you that I cannot play the piano. I think that was kind of the point when it came to writing some of the songs this time around. I was in something of a funk, and I wanted to be challenged into writing again. The simplicity of my playing brought a new naivety that I hadn't felt in a while.

My mum had recently passed and I took a trip to the coast, a beach resort that I spent a lot of my childhood at. I was walking what felt like an age from the beach to the water's edge - it must have seemed so much longer as a child! There wasn't a great deal of people around, and I took a moment to take in the stillness of it all. It was then I felt this history on my shoulders, almost like I could feel my parents' presence. I've never been one to believe in any of that sort of thing but there was an acceptance of some sort, I felt at peace with it and the next day I wrote Smoke. It's about all of that, but it's also a reflection on so much more. It dropped out of the sky, into my head and out of my mouth!

Hope you like it folks.

LF x

Chequered flag Vans and an old suit jacket.
You and I were on a tear, running rabid.
Time waits for no man, time has passed me by.
It’s still you for who my soul is thirsting.

It’s the bad dream I’ve been having every night this week.
On a balance beam.
It’s a day late – I was sleeping in this stalemate.
Treading water.

Time, oh time - did I wither on the vine?
You were mine, all mine.
Was I clear enough in the words we spoke?
Did you know I was that ghost?
We are smoke.

So I’m going where the ocean meets the land.
My father walked the steps in which I stand now.
Was I drinking the Kool Aid when I told you I felt you there?
In this new loss I feel the weight of you, I swear.

Its the shoulder fake. 
For each passing car, a half-life taken - I bide my time. 
Keep it well hid, a book of matches for the latchkey kid.
I set a fire to my insides.
 
You hold it up to the light.
Take a look from both sides.
You hold it up to the light.
Say never mind, let it ride.

Pledge

Hello everybody,

Really excited to tell you that I've launched a Pledgemusic campaign to help fund the release of my next record with Latchkey Kids. There's a bunch of options in terms of levels to opt in at. Frrom £8 Access pass allowing you a digital download of the album on release day, right up to house shows and guitars and some higher-ticket stuff. Check it out at the link below - it'll be lovely to have you onboard for the journey.

https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/latchkeykids

LF x

Smoke

A new song for this Sunday morning. It's about my dad, my mum and a time when Normcore forefather Seth Cohen was my go-to style guy.

It's a phone demo, but sometimes these things are the nice to hear. This will make the new record, which will be ready for the late Autumn.

Liam x