Long time Angry Baby favourite Sharon Lazibyrd released her latest single, More Shoes Than People, last week. A topical song about the politicisation of migration, it is a response to a question from Sharon’s son, who asked “there are more shoes than people in the world aren’t there?”
The song developed from there, commenting on the current treatment of migrants and refugees, and taking in consumerism and our priorities. Amongst this air of despair, the song thrives, ending on an optimistic note, with the hope that things can change, with the instrumentation conveings the movement that the lyrics reflect. It was recorded at Sharon’s home studio and features Sharon on vocals, violin and mandolin with Damon Bridge on accordion, piano and washboard, and Maaike Siegerist on guitar. Jonni Slater mixed and co-produced the track.
Sharon Lazibyrd is a talented, original and award winning singer- songwriter who writes striking and melodic songs and makes music that matters. Her songs are influenced by musicals, music hall and everything from Julian Cope to English folk. Her debut solo album Half Shame and Half Glory was critically acclaimed and played across independent and community radio, BBC folk and acoustic shows, BBC Introducing and on BBC 6 Music. She was BBC Introducing Artist of the week in 2018.
More Shoes Than People was released on 21 April.
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