New Release: Emily Barker & Frank Turner – Bound For Home

Photo Credit: Clair McAllister

Long time friends and collaborators, Emily Barker and Frank Turner, have released their new single ‘Bound For Home’. The track was written and recorded during the sessions for Emily’s critically-acclaimed album, A Dark Murmuration of Words.

Emily explains: “It was a day when I was feeling particularly homesick. Frank read me Clive James’s poem ‘Leçons De Ténèbres’ and told me about how James was in hospital in Cambridge, too ill to return home: his memories of growing up in the suburbs of Sydney became the muse for so much of his work. He was as fascinated with how we remember, as much as with the memories themselves.”

Clive James passed away a few months after the song was written, just as Emily headed in to the studio to record her recent album, A Dark Murmuration of Words. She laid down this track at the same time, with Frank adding harmonies, with guitar and bowed double bass by Lukas Drinkwater.

The song took on extra meaning when the pandemic hit, with Emily finding herself stranded in her adopted home in the UK, unable to visit her family back in Australia; but also the realisation that the song has a message that most listeners will be be able to relate to in these times as she sings “Bound for home, we’re all bound for home in the end”.

Emily and her band (featuring Lukas Drinkwater, Pete Roe and Rob Pemberton) will also play a headline show at London’s iconic Union Chapel on Friday 8th April 2022.


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