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Albums Of The Week: Various Artists | The Endless Coloured Ways: The Songs Of Nick Drake

A slate of contemporary artists reinvent the doomed balladeers most-loved tracks.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: The Endless Coloured Ways is an anthology of 23 of Nick Drake’s best-loved songs, adopted and reimagined by 32 of the most talented artists across the musical spectrum. The brainchild of Cally Callomon, manager of the Nick Drake Estate, and Jeremy Lascelles, co-founder of Blue Raincoat Music and CEO of Chrysalis Records, The Endless Coloured Ways also features recordings from Fontaines D.C., Let’s Eat Grandma, Self Esteem, Guy Garvey, David Gray, Philip Selway, Nadia Reid, Ben Harper, Joe Henry and Liz Phair, among others.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the making of the record, Lascelles says: “Cally and I embarked on this venture with one simple brief to each of the artists — that they ignore the original recording of Nick’s, and reinvent the song in their own unique style. It was really humbling to hear so many similar responses, with everyone saying how important Nick’s music was to them, and how much they wanted to be part of this project. As the results came in one by one, we were thrilled by the brilliance and invention that each artist had shown. They had done exactly what we hoped for — they had made the song their own.”

Adds Callomon: “Nick Drake was not that concerned with promoting himself as an artist but I think he would have been overjoyed to hear his art revisited and newly promoted by so many vibrant and talented artists. Jeremy and I also felt it crucial that the album should flow, as a cohesive listening experience, as opposed to a gallery of separate exhibits. Whether we have succeeded in these two ambitions, only the listener can tell. We are honoured and so grateful to all our friends, old and new, who took part in the making of this beautiful set.”