Revered Singer Songwriter Don McGlashan To Release New Album This February

Don McGlashan – formerly of the Mutton Birds and a regular collaborator of Neil Finn’s – shares the second single, Go Back In, from his new album, Bright November Morning, which is out Friday, 25 February. (Originally announced for an October release, the album was put back to due rescheduling of international touring commitments.) Don has also just been announced as part of bill for next year’s Port Fairy Folk Festvial, which takes place March 11-14 2022.

The new song, Go Back In evokes the gloriously carefree days of summer, all soft-fuzz echoey riffs, dreamy basslines, and a lyric about the simple task of deciding on another swim. It’s the perfect transportation to the sun-kissed weather Aotearoa – and Australia – is longing for, and the perfect tune to reflect the anticipation of easing lockdowns.

Don comments, “‘Go Back In’ is about the joy of jumping up for another dance, another round, another helping. Those times when your appetite for life hits you like a sudden gust of wind, and knocks you off-course. I wrote it looking forward to a Summer when we can all sprint along a beach again. Hopefully, that won’t be far away.”

Bright November Morning, is McGlashan’s fourth solo album, and is an essential addition to his remarkable output. It has all the glittering McGlashan touches in place: from the detail-perfect narratives of local life (the neighbours looking in when we take the curtains down, swimming and seeing Russian container ships on the horizon) to the strummy melodicism with detours into something noisier, and on to those welcome and welcoming choruses.

The new album was recorded in Lyttelton, Auckland and Vancouver, and full of inspired playing from Shayne P Carter (Straitjacket Fits, Dimmer), Chris O’Connor (SJD, Phoenix Foundation) and James Duncan (SJD, Dimmer), Bright November Morning marks a new stage in Don McGlashan’s generous and humane songbook.


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