Digital Music — August 8, 2017 at 6:00 am

Listen: Billy Bragg sounds climate-change alarm on ‘King Tide and the Sunny Day Flood’

Photo by Anthony Griffin

Sticking to his plan to release one-off songs inspired by the current political tumult, Billy Bragg has followed his raw, electric “The Sleep of Reason” — which addressed rising nationalism — with a quieter, climate-change themed song called “King Tide and the Sunny Day Flood.”

The country-tinged song, which you can stream below, features pedal steel by CJ Hillman.

Bragg says of the track:

“Sunny day flooding is a coastal phenomenon in which strong tides cause water to gush up from drains and beneath the ground, swamping basements and inundating roads. Rises in sea level due to melting ice-caps are making it an increasingly common occurrence in Florida, where some residential areas are experiencing it on an almost monthly basis. These communities are canaries in the mine, already living with the stark realities of climate change that some still deny is happening. On a planet the surface of which is 70 percent water, in which the temperature of oceans drives our weather systems, we will all be affected by global warming unless we act now to limit the damage done.”

This fall, Bragg will go into “one-man Clash mode” when he tours the U.S. (see full dates).

Below, listen to “King Tide and the Sunny Day.”





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