Bill Fay, the reclusive UK folk music veteran, is not so reclusive anymore. Fay once went more than 40 years without releasing an album, going silent in between 1971’s Time Of The Last Persecution and 2012’s Life Is People. These days, Fay is still reluctant to do things like play live shows, but he’s once again an active recording artist. Fay followed up Life Is People with a second comeback album, 2015’s Who Is The Sender?. And now he’s set to drop another one called Countless Branches early next year.
We’ve already posted “Filled With Wonder Once Again,” the first single from Countless Branches. Today, Fay shares another one. His newest song is a spare, elegant, pretty thing called “Love Will Remain.” Its central idea is simple: “Love will remain when knowledge has passed away.” But when Fay sings it in his wizened lilt, it sounds like wisdom.
“Love Will Remain” has a restrained arrangement. It’s mostly just Fay singing and playing piano and his primary collaborator Matt Deighton playing acoustic guitar. A few contemplative horns show up toward the end. Check it out below.
Countless Branches is out 1/17 on Dead Oceans. Pre-order it here.