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London’s Distant Voices debut ‘Long Road to Home’ LP is a love letter to Europe


If you were ever a fan of Coldplay or Oasis, or how about Supergrass, Llibertines, Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys – today is your lucky day as we present you the debut album from London-based artist Distant Voices is set to release his debut album‘Long Road To Home’, having earlier previewed the high-velocity rock n’ roll lead single ‘Lights of The City’ with fast-moving video created by Alit Gonzalez.

Based in London, Distant Voices is the solo project of Valdis Stekelis, who wrote and began writing these tracks in 2019, finally finishing a year later due to the delayed realities of the UK lockdown. The band name itself was chosen during that period to reflect these unusual times, where live music (as we have previously experienced it) is a scarce occurrence and where we consume music with a less personal connection to the people making it.

The nine tracks offered in this long-player were inspired by Stekelis’ travels in the pre-Covid era, based on events from that extensive journey.

Distant Voices UK · Long Road To Home

This album was recorded at EAS Studios near London in collaboration with producer-engineer Ed Sokolowski, known for his work on albums by Melanie C, Fleur East, Hugel, David Archuleta and Lukas Rieger. Sokolowki mixed and mastered this album, as well as co-producing it with Stekelis. Joe Montague also contributes drums on multiple tracks.

“This is the first body of work completed under the Distant Voices name, which I am very keen for people to hear and hope that they will enjoy it. The album was inspired by events that happened during my journey around Europe in 2019 and, in fact, they appear chronologically in the track listing,” says Valdis Stekelis.

“There is a range of different feeling tracks on the album – from lively to melancholy and also psychedelic. They are tied together – both in terms of the subject matter and also due to the underlying elements of a retro feel with electronic flavour. It was a lot of fun to make and is truly inspired by events that really affected me at the time”.

The ‘Long Road to Home’ album will be released on March 26 everywhere digitally, including Spotify and Apple Music, and can already be pre-ordered from the artist via Bandcamp at https://distantvoices1.bandcamp.com/album/long-road-to-home

Also enjoy this video for the album’s lead track ‘Lights To the City’, which reflects the beginning of the author’s European junket with all its excitement and promise, but also a light sense of anxiety about what lies ahead.

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