Experimental folk songwriter JOSHUA BURNSIDE releases video for new track ‘Late Afternoon In The Meadow (1887)’

Joshua Burnside

Experimental songwriter Joshua Burnside has announced he will be releasing his latest EP, ‘Late Afternoon In The Meadow (1887)’, on November 18th 2022. His first new music of the year comes ahead of his biggest headline show to date – The Ulster Hall, Belfast on December 23rd, with support from Lemoncello. Alongside this announcement, Joshua will release the titular track from the EP on September 16th.

‘Late Afternoon…’ is the story of a life without opportunity, following a character lost in the labyrinth cul-de-sacs of working-class Belfast, caught between mountain and motorway. The motorway in question is the Westlink, a ‘river of concrete that is as much a barrier to progress and movement for the citizens of Belfast as the peace walls. A solid, grey, sheer monument to the division found in the city; it plays the main stage as Burnside narrates an unfortunately familiar story of declining mental health amidst economic strife.

‘Late Afternoon…’ paints a bleak picture of the city but also presents a warmer frame and hope for the future. Featuring Burnside’s trademark penchant for looping found sounds, ancient recordings and experimental production together with the traditions of Irish folk and alternative music; the track captures the beauty and turmoil of the songwriter’s home.

“Belfast was redesigned for military, social and economic reasons during the late end of the century. It was rebuilt to suit a car-driving suburban middle class, which is why the centre is mostly encircled by car parks, empty buildings, empty land and motorways twisting and rising above or below you. It is sadly apt then that people wishing to take their own life often choose the Westlink as the place to do it, jumping from the bridges that cross it. This song is about someone at the end of their tether. And if you are feeling this way, then I dedicate this song to you.

I wrote this one after returning from the south of France. I’m normally glad to be home, but it was a particularly grey and blustery day. On days like this, the city can feel like a very bleak place, and so I wrote a very bleak song. But there is hope in it, too, hope for a kinder society, a life that is softer on the soul. Belfast seldom resembles a french impressionist painting, but it is my home, and it has its own beauty.” – Joshua Burnside

Listen to ‘Late Afternoon In The Meadow (1887)’ – BELOW:

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