Orders from Rough Trade will include a bonus CD with 3 non-album tracks.
Clarke and Walker’s 2017 EP, The Birds, used the migratory life-cycle of its titular species to explore human affairs and was written, says Clarke, “outside of myself”. Seedlings All is very different. “I almost didn’t want to make it,” she says. “It feels quite vulnerable because it’s so auto-biographical. I’ve never been so explicit about actual moments in my life.. With this, people will know exactly the moment I’m referring to and parts of my life I’ve never shared, thoughts and feelings I’ve never shared, so it’s terrifying. But it was also cathartic.”
These are songs about dealing with and making peace with the imperfections in life, the faults and the fears, the regrets and the disappointment, and, somehow, finding renewed hope and reasons to continue. “Joy doesn’t need working out,” Clarke explains. “This was me reconciling some things. That’s what I had to do.” They’ve done it wonderfully, too. Records like Seedlings All don’t come around very often. Perhaps more bands should approach their albums as if it’s their last.
“Yet again, I’ve made this one make or break,” Clarke says. “It helps me. It’s easy for me to find the motivation if I think it’s the last go. If this is the last thing I’ll ever make, it needs to be the culmination of everything I’ve learnt. I think that’s the way to do it. Otherwise, what are you doing it for?”
2. Bells Ring
3. Seedlings All
4. Maybe I Won’t
6.All Is Myth
7. Ghost Light
8. Sad Day
9.Things Of No Use 10. Bathed In Light 11. Only Me Only
Bonus CD Tracks:
1. When to When (original song)
2. Milk and Honey (Jackson C Frank cover)
3. For All We Know (Nina Simone cover)