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Most of these songs have been brewing since 2009 (some even earlier) living as twinkly guitar things in my fingers, seldom played to another.
New meetings, experiences, travels and influences spurred this collection of 'decorated time.'
And this thing, OverSleep, crept along. Over the years, amongst the late nights and morning hazes, wafting amongst the daydreams.
It was gradually captured in sporadic, intense bursts between 2012 – 2015.
It was some sort of sanctuary.
released December 16, 2016
Squier Squier - voice, guitars, flute, piccolo, alto saxophone, timpani, glockenspiel
Skyris - voice on 2,4 and 5. synth on 4.
Charly Jolly - clarinet, bass clarinet
Emily Cunliffe - french horn
Mickey Bones - trombone
Horace Sousatron - sousaphone
Jinny Hinge - baritone saxophone, recorders
Frisk Dadler - drums, percussion
Peter Zed - engineering, production, synth on 8.
Front cover photo collage of Ernst Haeckel's radiolarian drawings, my grandfather's pocket watch and Black Rock City by Jessica Zed.
This (nearly) all happened at The Premises (solar-powered) Studios, London.
Burning Bridges, was recorded in Davis, California in summer 2009.
Field recordings on track 3 were grabbed from Sonoma, California, the heartbeat on 8 directly from a womb.
Aside from the drums by Oliver Barton-Wood and a few bits by Squier at home, it was all engineered with the careful ears of Peter Zed.
Produced and mixed by Peter Zed with Squier Squier assisting, in Peter’s bedroom near Victoria park, London, and also in Oakland, California.
Mastered by Mandy Parnell at Black Saloon Studios, Autumn 2015.
Songs and words by Squier, apart from track 6, which is by Captain Beefheart.
Arrangements by Squier, apart from Skyris' vocals, the soaring chord on track 8 (which was by Peter Zed) and some of Frisk’s beats.
Select instrumental parts were conjured by the intuition and improvisational majesty of the players and then spliced by Squier.
Complete gratitude to all the people that helped me realise this music, particularly Peter Zed for his expertise, patience and friendship in bringing these songs to life.
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