"The band Mates Of State left a Yamaha YC30 at the Moshi Moshi Records HQ a few years ago and somehow I’ve ended up babysitting the thing," says Watson of the new track. "I love this thing so much. The fuzz setting through a Fender amp is basically the most pleasing sounding thing I’ve ever heard. That’s what does the riff on 'Abandoned Buick'. Thanks Mates Of State, please don’t come back for it."
Now That I'm A River was co-produced by Watson and David Glover at Sheffield's Tesla Studios. Watson has assembled some musical pals for the record, including Hot Club De Paris' Paul Rafferty and Guillemots' Fyfe Dangerfield, which is rooted in his literary side and "takes inspiration from the reoccuring themes and language of JG Ballard novel Hello America." Rozi Plain and members of The Deep Throat Choir and Trashkit guest on the LP.
Watson will play Hackney's Institute Of Light twice on the same night on 15 February - tickets are on sale now.