Rules are out of the equation as Tim Levinson — aka Urthboy — gears up for the release of ‘Smokey’s Haunt’.
Drawing inspiration from poetry and experience, Urthboy says you can expect his fourth solo album to include a lot of storytelling.
“‘Smokey's Haunt’ is a kind of hang-out and a place where people come together. There's a lot of light and dark on the album.”
The first single, ‘Naive Bravado’, was named iTunes single of the week and features soul artist Daniel Merriweather.
“I could tell you all the boring bits about how it happened [collaborating with Merriweather] but really it was just a big serious of coincidences and events that conspired to make it happen. It was really good.”
Unlike most artists, he’s taking his tour nationally before the album drops, next month.
“Sometimes madness prevails as a logic. We make sure that when you come to our show you have a great time, so the performance aspect of it doesn't really require us to have a new album out.
“It feels like there's room to experiment and do things on your own terms and we're lucky that we've been around for a while so people know when they come to one of our shows, it's going to be a life-affirming experience.”
There’s a large emphasis on his live performance, ensuring everything is about the crowd under that roof.
“This show comes back down to people on stage, putting a whole lot of heart and soul into their craft so that when those songs are performed live, it's actually something worth going and seeing.”
Urthboy balances writing and touring with his other project, The Herd, and managing Elefant Traks, alongside his solo work.
“They don't usually co-exist so everything is about the solo stuff at the moment. It’s part of what makes my life really enjoyable and it's not without its frustrations, but I would probably find running the label pretty boring if that was the only thing I did.”
Urthboy plays the Great Northern, Byron, Sep 14 and The Zoo Sep 15. ‘Smokey’s Haunt’ is out Oct 12.