After releasing two albums in the early 1970s, pianist Bill Fay faded into relative obscurity. But after being brought back into the spotlight by a slew of covers by high profile musicians, the English artist will release his first solo album in over 40 years, Life is People.
Although Fay’s first two albums faded quickly from public view, in the last decade artists including Peter Buck, Jeff Tweedy and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff have began recording and performing covers, reviving Fay’s name and music. Tweedy can even be heard singing one of his old tunes, “Be Not So Fearful,” during the Wilco documentary I Am Trying to Break Your Heart.
Thankfully for us the musician has not stopped writing since since his last album in 1971, and the full-length will include 12 new songs, alongside one cover of his own. It appears that Fay has decided to return the favor, as a rendition of Wilco’s “Jesus, etc.” is conspicuously on the tracklist.
Life is People will arrive Aug. 21 though Dead Oceans, who are calling it “his masterpiece.”