“All My Swim is always surprising, never complacent. Just like the best music should be, in fact” – Shire Folk Magazine
Faeland are Bristol based folk duo Jacob Morrison and Rebecca Nelson. All My Swim is their forthcoming debut LP. All My Swim has already received acclaim from Uncut Magazine (7/10) and Shire Folk Magazine, with further coverage in Maverick, R2 and a host of others in the pipeline, the debut single We’re Just A Love Song was supported by Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson via BBC 6Music.
All My Swim is a beautiful selection of original, modern folk compositions influenced by music from both sides of the Atlantic. It gives the duo’s personal spin on classic themes of humanity, such as love, healing, and magic. Despite tackling difficult themes and life experiences, there is a strong vein of optimism running through the music of Faeland; as Rebecca says they are “fully committed to making music that changes lives for the better and adds something good to human existence”. Key musical influences include classic artists such as Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, Nick Drake and Paul Simon, alongside more modern stars like First Aid Kit, Gillian Welch/David Rawlings, Bon Iver, R.E.M., Nick Mulvey and Hem.
With nature and humanity’s relationship to the natural world being such a big inspiration for Faeland’s music, Jacob explains their unusual name – “we are named after Failand, a countryside village near us that connects us with the land around our home and our favourite woodland. The spelling change to “Fae” hints at the magical/mystical/other”.
Jacob and Rebecca both come from families of artists, creatives and healers. Rebecca was born and brought up on the island of Guernsey, and Jacob in Hackney, London. They both trained to university standard and have between them played with a host of folk, country jazz and world artists across the south of England. They met through Bristol’s ever thriving music scene and have played together ever since.
Faeland is Rebecca Nelson – lead vocals and rhythm guitar, and Jacob Morrison, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist (mandolin, banjo, ukulele). The duo are supported for All My Swim with performances from Martin Solomon – harp, violin, accordion, Lizzie Tucker – double bass and vocals, Rowan Sterk (of Carrie Tree) – drums and percussion, Michael Stanton (Susie Ro, Avalon Roots) – keys and santoor, Matthew Heyse Moore – Clarinet, and Sarah Moody – cello. All My Swim was co-produced and mixed by John Hendicott, who has recently worked with Jamie Woon and Nick Mulvey.