Today is an incredibly special day here at Dead Oceans. Bill Fay’s Life Is People is officially released to the world. We could not be prouder to support “the strange and wonderful return of cult hero Bill Fay” as Spin recently wrote. As we’ve mentioned before, Life Is People is the first proper studio release Fay has put out in over forty years. Produced by Joshua Henry and Guy Massey, the record features musicians Matt Deighton, Tim Weller and Mikey Rowe. Long-time fan and supporter Jeff Tweedy also sings with Bill on “This World.”
Physical copies are available at SC Distribution, as well as your local record store. You can purchase the record by signing up for Dead Oceans Sounds, our new digital subscription service at DRIPFM or at iTunes and receive the bonus track “Home Was the Place.” Life Is People is currently streaming for a limited time at Paste. Enjoy it HERE.
“Breathtakingly beautiful…full of a quiet awe and wonder….” – NPR
“Life Is People is proof enough that Fay has always stood tall; we just may have been too short to notice him. It seems like time has finally caught up with Fay, or rather, that time is ready to start regretting its negligence. He’s in our sight lines now, and hopefully he’ll stay there a while longer.” – Consequence of Sound
“Bill Fay’s first album in 41 years is astonishing.” – MOJO 5 stars, Album of the Month
“Beautiful, patient and poignant, Life Is People is an expert singer-songwriter album…the work of a lifetime…” – Pitchfork
Premiering earlier this morning at Paste, Bill Fay’s Life Is People is available from start to finish. Thus far the first couple of tracks have been warmly embraced by fans and critics alike. Prepare yourself for quite the listening experience. Stream the album above. Life Is People is out today in the UK and tomorrow, August 21 in the US. Find your copy at SC Distribution.
Over the weekend, Bill gave a delightful interview on NPR’S Weekend Edition. He touches on the album’s founding stories, giving us insight to some of the personal experiences that influenced his first studio album in over forty years. Listen to Bill Fay: A Cult Figure Returns, Skeptical But Optimistic.
“When I was on holidays with my dad as a kid, we’d sit in seaside cafes and he’d watch people walking by. … He was astonished at it and he would say, ‘Life is people.’ That was quite emotional for me, to sort of have him on board so to speak on his own view on life.” -Bill Fay
It’s been quite the wait, but we assure you, it’s worth it. Today, Bill Fay shares two new tracks from his highly-anticipated album Life Is People. Premiering today at Pitchfork, the first track, “This World,” features guest vocals from Jeff Tweedy. Listen above. A longtime Bill Fay fan and supporter, Tweedy famously covered his song “Be Not So Fearful” in the Wilco documentary I Am Trying To Break Your Heart and continues to do so at live shows. Bill returns support to Tweedy on the second track offered for streaming today. It’s a cover of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” Stream below!
Life Is People comes out next Tuesday, August 21. Pre-order now from SC Distribution. You also have the option to pre-order from Other Music and when you do, you’ll immediately receive a download of the entire album before it hits stores!
“Truly, the album of a lifetime” -Independent UK
“astonishing…I hope and believe that this beautiful, hard-won music will be listened to for generations to come.” -MOJO, Instant MOJO Classic
“the staggering return of a great lost cult artist…an awe-inspiring experience” -Q
“Fay’s most diverse, divergent album” -Uncut, 9/10 stars
“Bill Fay is one of the greats — this is a beautiful album” -Nick Cave
Premiering earlier today at Aquarium Drunkard, the new Dan Huiting directed video for Bill Fay’s “Be At Peace With Yourself” takes the viewer on a wonderful journey through some spectacular landscapes. It fully encompasses the song’s message and offers a soothing visual to one of the stand-out tracks from Fay’s forthcoming album, Life Is People. The new album is out August 21.
“The video was shot all over the world. The opening shots and many of the cloud/water/mountain shots are from the east coast of Australia, shot by Dylan Wiehahn. Much of the aerial shots were shot in the American Northwest by Tabb Firchau, And the rest of the road and aerial shots were shot by myself in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and New York.” -Dan Huiting