Video: Haunting and beautiful “Putney Bridge” by UK’s James Canty

As the song begins, James Canty is decked out in all black — barely lit as he stares into the unknown, his eyes expressionless as he sings the words “We stand and we wait. The bus will come late. We’re tired and we’re weary. We’re bored being here, but, we stand and we wait. For the bus will come late.” It paints the stage for a tragic tale of dreams dashed by the realities of life, and the need to find those moments that truly make one feel alive.

Keep watching once Canty’s face is lit up with light, begging the subject of the song to “come with me, won’t you come with me” before this hope is shut out into utter blackness on the screen. Trickles of light flare across his face once again as he solemnly declares, “Could be washing you clean, washing you clean.” His pseudo-ode is transfixed with melodic strings as it teeters back and forth between major and minor keys, lifting you up when he sings “Lover, I believe we could take tonight! Swing it by the tail like an animal into light.” and then pulling you back down into the black as he repeats, “Not tonight. Not tonight”; the words hanging at the end of the song like a silent and dejected reply to his emotional appeal.


So is the track “Putney Bridge”, a hauntingly beautiful folk piece by Liverpool based singer-songwriter James Canty. His style is alluringly under-produced, allowing the simple influence of folk guitars and bluesy-sad strings to pull through underneath his story-telling style of lyrics.

In his own words, Canty was “exiled from his home in Essex” and has spent his years traveling and performing all over the United Kingdom before finding a new home with music producer Joe Wills — where he recorded his music in Wills’ Liverpool home.

The result of this journey is Canty’s debut EP simply titled Love, featuring tracks that offer intimate lyrics and strange songcraft; a pure composition stemming from Canty’s desire to make “the music of his dreams.”

The Love EP is set to be released on May 2nd, but you can preorder the digital EP on iTunes, and it will be available on vinyl as well. In the meantime, wear out the repeat button on this video and get acquainted with the dark rabbit hole that is James Canty’s folk creation.

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