Old Fire Announces New LP ‘Voids’

Old Fire–the recording project of Abilene, TX-based composer and producer John Mark Lapham – has announced his sophomore album, Voids, will be released on November 4th, via Western Vinyl. The largely collaborative album features vocalists Bill Callahan, Adam Torres, Emily Cross, and Julia Holter, as well as a myriad of musicians. Out today is lead single, “Don’t You Go ft. Bill Callahan“, is a cover of British singer-songwriter John Martyn that also features Thomas Bartlett on piano, Semay Wu on cello, and Robin Allender on keys/guitars.

“I originally created some ideas for this cover with a composer friend of mine and it laid around without a vocalist for years. The song really resonated with me so I took my ideas for it and asked Thomas Bartlett to be involved, who in turn recorded a beautiful piano part for it. Bill was the last piece of the puzzle. I set out to find a vocalist who was a little older, someone who could add to the southern gothic feel of the album. I was introduced to him by our mutual friend, Thor Harris, and it evolved from there,” Lapham explains. “Lyrically the themes of loss and mourning of this track fit well into the overall narrative of the album. With the video, I wanted to express those concepts, and portray them as the father being buried alive by his memories and his hurt. As with other elements of Old Fire, the setting had to be West Texas, as there is so much desolation and decay in this area.”