In 2010, Luke Ritchie set himself a challenge – to write a song a week for six months. Between January and July, he composed 26 songs, recorded them at home on acoustic guitar and posted them online as podcasts. By the time the experiment was over, through word of mouth (or maybe mouse) alone, the songs had been downloaded 8500 times and Ritchie was ready to pick the best for an album he planned to put out himself.
Yet the route to the release of The Water’s Edge, Ritchie’s glorious debut, isn’t quite so straightforward. Before they reached the studio, the songs had found fans in globally acclaimed arranger Nico Muhly (Bjork, Anthony & The Johnsons, Grizzly Bear) and award-winning producer Paul Savage (Franz Ferdinand, Arab Strap, Mogwai). The former composed and recorded string parts for five of the tracks. The latter produced the entire album over two snowy weeks in Scotland. The Water’s Edge was released on Angel Falls Records in July 2012.