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Pete Yorn: ArrangingTime

First solo album in over five years goes back to the start.

At forty-one, time has caught up with Pete Yorn: “The title of the album is a reminder to be present… Time only gets faster as you get older.” He has returned to working with producer R Walt Vincent (musicforthemorningafter, Day I Forgot) too.

While the results haven’t got the near-reckless zeal of the young Yorn’s records, the sense of longing reflects the broken-down feel – strumming acoustic guitars, the light thrum of a snare – of some of the material he was writing back in the early 2000s.

In songs like the woozy, beautiful This Fire and the gently revolving Shopping Mall, it sounds like Yorn has stumbled across some questions that life still hasn’t given him the answers to.

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion. He ghosted Carl Barat’s acclaimed autobiography, Threepenny Memoir, and helped launch the BBC 6 Music network as producer and co-presenter on the Phill Jupitus Breakfast Show. Five years later he and Jupitus fronted the hugely popular Perfect 10 podcast and live shows. His debut novel, Cross Country Murder Song, was described, variously, as ‘sophisticated and compelling’ and ‘like a worm inside my brain’. His latest novel The Death And Life Of Red Henley is out now.