Being Young Is Geting Old

Findlay Brown’s fifth album celebrates the power of perspective — from the worldly insights we acquire over time to the role nature plays in helping us to reflect and grow. A joyride through ‘70s AOR, chamber folk and sandy soft-rock influences, Being Young Is Getting Old invites you to kick back and enjoy the trip.

The Yorkshire-born singer/songwriter carries this state of being at ease across eleven sun-dappled meditations. Calm evenings. Warm afternoons. Cold beers. Solitude without loneliness. Death, rebirth and love. Folk with a pinch of funk. Brown worked with award-winning string arranger Davide Rossi (Coldplay, Alicia Keys, Jon Hopkins) on five songs, including the LP’s first single “When I’m With You”; an endless summer idyll, which swaddles hopeful lyrics in gentle strumming and soothing strings as “the moon provides the light”.

On “Proud Mountain”, Brown sings of failure and of bouncing back. A song he wrote to his son. On “Hope Your Restless Heart Can Last”, he amps up the romance for a classic love song. There’s a minor key Midlake-tipped drift sweeping through the atmospheric “The Wild Man Iron John” a modern day take on a mythological archetype that echoes through the album, while “Our Town (Boys Town)” sees Brown travel back in time. “I was thinking about my childhood when I wrote that song, growing up in rural Yorkshire and how we had our own ways and rules. How young boys find their place through bouts of strength and bravery. But then growing up and moving away,” he offers.

A roll call of musical touchstones on the album includes the breeziness of yacht rock, the freewheeling spirit of pastural folk and prog and the basslines of Lannie Hall. “I love it when folk songwriters get a bit funky. Like, you’re coming from a classic songwriting place, but then you get the band in and say, ‘come on, give me a bit of disco hi-hat’.” “World of My Own” distils these ideas into a woozy cosmic trip about human consciousness. “It is about being the observer of awareness in a moment of time,” explains Brown.

“I’ve been meditating and investigating different esoteric and spiritual practices for many years. I’m open to pretty much anything.” With ”Being Young Is Getting Old, Brown takes inspiration from a newly-discovered knowledge of Logos and Catholic philosophy. “It’s quite hard to comprehend or put into words, but all of that stuff has played a massive part in my journey and this album is about a kind of transformation.”

Being Young Is Getting Old turns a coming-of-age theme on its head to explore the final departure from adolescence. Throughout the record, Brown finds himself at an existential crossroads. Having settled with his family in rural Denmark just outside of Copenhagen after living it up in New York and London for many years, his priorities have shifted, and with that, his sense of self.

“Being a musician, you can kind of put off growing up a bit,” he says. “It is a bit of a Peter Pan lifestyle, which can be good in some ways — it’s good to stay young at heart, but I started thinking a lot about taking responsibility for myself, and for my family in general, when I was making this record… it’s essentially a mirror of where I’m at.” Having translated that authenticity into song, Findlay Brown has made one of his most personal records to date.