The Aeolian presents the first of three nights with Royal Wood as he tours in support of the new album, Ghost Light. Tickets are on-sale now and selling fast!
There are various explanations for the term ‘ghost light’ in relation to the world around us. There is the supernatural narrative – that every theatre has a ghost, and that when the light isn’t lit, the darkness provides a chance for the dead to haunt us. And then there is the Royal Wood version of Ghost Light. The kind that lets someone truly shine from within– raw, honest and open…. and that’s why he has named his new record after this mythical glow.
"This album for me was a full return to writing and recording simply for the joy of creation - like when I was a kid. A true letting go and allowing,” says Royal. “I jumped around from instrument to instrument in the studio; playing piano and guitar solos, bass, keys, percussion, anything and everything I could get my hands on.” In fact, Royal played on almost 90% of the record, with a few artists like Hannah Georgas and Felicity Williams (Bahamas) adding their special blend of talents along the way. It was recorded in both Los Angeles and Toronto, with Bill Lefler and Royal at the production helm.
The result is an album that exudes raw emotion and emanates a feel of the songwriters of the sixties and seventies. Without modern day studio trickery like auto-tuning and digital perfection, the album is warm, inviting and completely forthright. “I felt like on this album, I snuffed out the external Ghost Lights, and allowed my internal light to glow instead,” says Royal, “this allowed the spirits of my past, present and future into the room to guide me along my artistic path.” The first single ‘Long Way Out’ exemplifies this definitive focus of the record. It’s gripping and melodic and screams with sincerity.
This album marks an immense change is his life and his artistic path, delivering more and more of a letting go to the forefront of his music. The record seizes his sincerest passion for creativity and imagination. It showcases a deeper understanding of where his journey began and what he wants to take it. Ghost Light has given a new meaning to the path in Wood’s career, where unabashed creativity and performance will continue to shine and cultivate his trajectory – no matter where it leads.
Opening for Royal Wood is Elizabeth & The Catapult.
Like It Never Happened is the product of Elizabeth & The Catapult’s namesake Elizabeth Ziman’s creative labors over the past year and a half. After touring and releasing two full length albums on Verve Records, Ziman took to busking in the subways of her beloved New York to teach herself to play guitar. Long a piano-centric performer and songwriter, the guitar revitalized Ziman and led to an outpouring of new songs. Ziman originally intended to record the new material with musical idol Richard Swift, but her focus shifted as former bandmate Dan Molad (Lucius, Here We Go Magic) stepped in. Like It Never Happened was co-produced by Molad and Peter Lalish (Lucius).
As Elizabeth & The Catapult, Ziman has released two full-length albums and a self-produced, recorded and released EP. 2009’s Taller Children was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes) and featured collaborations with Tilly and the Wall. The band’s second full-length was The Other Side of Zero, produced by Tony Berg (Aimee Mann) and featuring Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings. The Other Side of Zero, which drew interest from Anne Hathaway who used the album’s track “Thank You For Nothing” as inspiration for her hair cutting scene in Les Miserables. Hathaway later cast Elizabeth as a street musician in a film about New York musicians, Song One (January 2015).
Since The Other Side of Zero, Elizabeth & The Catapult has reformed as Ziman’s singular endeavor while working with a band for performances. The last few years have found her touring with Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, Lenka and Kishi Bashi as well as singing backgrounds for The Shins and The Waterboys, playing drums in Kishi Bashi’s band, and writing with Ben Folds. Elizabeth is currently writing and recording for her new album.