Vikesh Kapoor - Ballad Of Willy Robbins

#70 – ROUGH TRADE SHOPS ALBUMS OF THE YEAR 2014

“A series of sharply etched portraits of struggling Americans that points back along a road of socially conscious songs. Woody Guthrie is standing at the head of that road”
THE NEW YORKER

ROUGH TRADE ALBUMS OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2014

“An impressive debut” ★★★★
THE OBSERVER

“an incredible start to what will be a long and successful musical career”
★★★★½
SHOUT4MUSIC

“There’s real sincerity… from a talent that echoes a bygone era but for the here and now.”
★★★★½
THE SUN

“At his first attempt Kapoor has put together what could be an iconic album.”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

#8 – ESSENTIAL ALBUMS OF 2014
“Where Guthrie’s songs were a clarion calls to the masses, Kapoor’s tracks, like Springsteen’s, are heartbreakingly personal pleas.”
LIVE 4 EVER

“Stunning” – TOP 10 ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
TIN CAN REVIEW, RESONANCE FM

“There’s more to Kapoor than just another folk artist with a conscience”
PENNYBLACK MUSIC

“Vikesh Kapoor’s talent is a rare find – Dark, lovely and subtly powerful, if you only pick up one singer/songwriter disc this year, make it this one.”
NEW NOISE MAGAZINE

 

Following a spur-of-the-moment cross-country trip with a pair of fiery European girls, Vikesh Kapoor left school for a brief yet inspiring stint as a mason’s apprentice. The America he had previously known resided narrowly between his childhood home in rural Pennsylvania and the New England university he left home for. Alongside his parents’ own immigrant struggles, these experiences quickly witnessed Kapoor to the scope of the American dream.

A few years later, Kapoor performed at Howard Zinn’s memorial service in Boston, in front of Zinn’s family and colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). Roused by Zinn’s lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor spent the next two years in Portland, Oregon working on his full-length debut record. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It’s a worker’s tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins was co-produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward) and features Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) and Birger Olsen (Denver).

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COMING SOON

LABEL
EUR: Loose
US: Mama Bird Recording Co.


PRESS
UK /EUR (online): Loose Press | Loose
UK /IRE (print): Tom Bridgewater | Loose Music
UK/IRE (regional): Thom Williams | Sonic PR
GSA: Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade


RADIO
UK: Tom Bridgewater | Loose Music
GSA:
 Rita Rommerskirchen | Rough Trade


BOOKING
EUR: Peter O’Sullivan
USA: Jared Flamm