Painting by Numbers
Mary Hopkin has released her latest studio album Painting by Numbers.
This collection of original material features Mary at her very best, supported by minimal instrumentation. Guest appearances and co songwriters include Brian Willoughby (Strawbs, Craig and Willoughby) and Benny Gallagher (Gallagher and Lyle). Painting by Numbers is available from maryhopkin.com, iTunes and Amazon.co.uk
Painting by Numbers is a stripped back album. Minimal instrumentation and production supports Mary's voice. This is in contrast to her previous album releases, which have featured arrangements by Tony Visconti and later, Morgan Visconti.
In most cases on this album, Mary accompanies herself on the guitar. Mary wrote all of the songs on the album, with Benny Gallagher and Brian Willoughby co-writing on 'Love, Long Distance' and 'Love Belongs Right Here' respectively. Brian also plays guitar on 'Fresh out of Favours'.
Mary’s son, Morgan Visconti, produced track 5, 'Gold and Silver'. He said "Mary recorded the basic guitar and vocal in about 10 minutes during the sessions which later became You Look Familiar.
"It clearly stood out as a song that was so pure that it worked better without any production around it - the other songs being quite dense. Later we decided to hold it back from the album for that reason.”
The album is available from www.maryhopkin.com as are the other 8 albums on the Mary Hopkin Music label. Alternatively, you can find all of Mary's albums on amazon.co.uk and iTunes.