"Music is some sort of illumination even if only for a minute, and with the minimal amount of words it encapsulates the hope and fear that must be in the minds of everyone who tries to make the run. Brave and incredibly optimistic but desperate."
Robert Plant’s enormous contribution to modern music began with the British rock band Led Zeppelin as a singer and lyricist. It was the start of a career that has lasted over 40 years. Regarded as one of the greatest singers of all time, Plant’s voice merges experience and learning from a diverse variety of global sounds. Plant has recently worked alongside artists such as Alison Krauss and Band of Joy in Nashville. His band Strange Sensation has received critical acclaim and multi-Grammy award nominations for their albums Dreamland and Mighty Rearranger. As his contribution to The Long Road, Plant chose to record a version of Elbow’s track ‘The Blanket of Night’, which tells of the struggles faced by refugees who decide to attempt a treacherous journey by sea to apply for asylum. Plant said:
"I’m a big fan of Elbow and it was an obvious choice when we were deciding which track to perform on the record. 'The Blanket of Night’ is devastatingly to the point. With the minimal amount of words, Guy [Garvey] manages to encapsulate the hope and the fear that must be in the minds of refugees who attempt a journey across the water."