Frank Turner has released a new single in remembrance of Scott Hutchison. The 40-year-old musician’s new track entitled “A Wave Across A Bay” serves as an emotional tribute to his close friend and has been released with the blessing of Hutchison’s brother. Turner took to Twitter to share the new single and express the moving reason behind the track.
I still miss my friend Scott every day. His passing left such a huge hole in so many lives. I wrote this song in his honour and memory, it was hard to write and record, but I think it does the man some small justice.
‘A Wave Across A Bay’ is out now:https://t.co/DHH0uLcIkE pic.twitter.com/5EpzOZws98
— Frank Turner (@frankturner) January 12, 2022
Hutchison and Turner withheld a close friendship throughout their respective careers. Hutchison is best known as the founding member and songwriter of the Indie band Frightened Rabbit. The Scottish born multi-talented artist was also a member of the groups The Fruit Tree Foundation and Mastersystem, the indie supergroup including Hutchison’s brother and members from British group Editors and Minor Victories.
Fans were left in shock when Hutchison was reported missing on 9th May 2018. On 11th May 2018, the mental health charity Tiny Changes reported the tragic news that Hutchison had taken his life. Turner was amongst the many musicians and artists who paid tribute to Hutchison, included within the long list of albums dedicated to his memory was Death Cab For Cutie’s 2018 album Thank You For Today.
Turner’s touching tribute to his late friend is taken from his upcoming album FTHC, set to be released on 11th February 2022. The upcoming album will be the folk artist’s ninth solo album, the release marks the second album with American producer Rich Costey. The pair previously worked together on Turner’s fifth solo studio album Tape Deck Heart, the album was released in 2013 and is widely regarded as a breakup album. The forthcoming album has already sired five singles, “A Wave Across The Bay” is the album’s fifth single.
Alongside the new release, Turner has also shared a video of a live performance of “A Wave Across A Bay” at Camden’s The Fiddler’s Elbow. The single was initially performed in 2020 during a live-streamed concert, within the set Turner performed a setlist of Frightened Rabbit covers. The event was in aid of Tiny Changes, the charity set up by Hutchison’s family to honour his memory and help those in need.
The charity aims to ensure that every child has “the opportunity to lead happy and fulfilled lives as adults.” In 2020 the charity celebrated its first anniversary and recently confirmed the launch of a new scheme, the new charity initiative intends to raise over £10,000. The foundation’s scheme was announced on Mental Health Day 2021 with a projection of various statements onto Scottish landmarks. The new fund aims to continue the charity’s mission, support the mental health of young people and provide investments for new projects.
The release is also available on a 7” Vinyl edition, the format includes a cover of the Frightened Rabbit track “The Modern Leper” as a B-side. All proceeds from the sale of the vinyl edition will be donated to Tiny Changes, to learn how to further support the charity click here.
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