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Art-Rock Instrumentals

by Graye Craggs

Glam new wave electronica? Experimental Post-Rock-abilly? You decide. The grizzled guitar veteran gleefully fuses influences from far and wide in this collection of tuneful, experimental instrumentals.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Tom & Dick Go to the Circus
3:26 $0.99
2. Feilds
2:46 $0.99
3. The Chaser
2:43 $0.99
4. Bright Sun, Eyes Closed
4:29 $0.99
5. I Misunderstood
3:54 $0.99
6. Poor Orchid
2:06 $0.99
7. I Shall Spell You to Sleep
4:22 $0.99
8. The Gardens of the Villa Barberini
2:11 $0.99
9. Get out and Go
2:26 $0.99
10. Hastings Pier 1
1:35 $0.99
11. Hastings Pier 2
1:36 $0.99
12. Hastings Pier 3
1:58 $0.99
13. Robert, Why Are You so Sad and Cruel?
6:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
Recorded in 2016 at Grayesley Park Studios, St Leonards-on-Sea, East Sussex. All tracks composed and played by Robin Deane with the enthusiastic participation of Graye Craggs.

Recording rules: improvise and record in one session - mix and overdub later; mistakes are ‘hidden intentions’; make it no longer than it needs to be; there must be a hook... Here's a track-by-track breakdown:

1 Tom & Dick Go To The Circus This instrumental imagines the conversation between members of the band Television as they enter the Big Top on a wonderful night out to the New York State Circus.

2 Feilds This is an improvised track composed and recorded quickly in one session. The title refers to an eye test, was misspelt, but it stuck.

3 The Chaser The bassline came first, then the rest of the track was improvised and recorded quickly.

4 Bright Sun, Eyes Closed I had in mind the leisurely build-up of Barry White instrumentals like ‘Mellow Mood - Part 1’. So I wrote out a more or less random sequence of chords and recorded it quickly. Sounds nothing like Barry White.

5 I Misunderstood This is a chord sequence I’ve had in my head for years, but never recorded. I’ve added a dub coda.

6 Poor Orchid Made up on the spot, this is another stomping Glam tune, with powerchords.

7 I Shall Spell You To Sleep An improvised somnambulistic Spelling Bee.

8 The Gardens Of The Villa Barberini This is a kind of systems composition. It’s a nine-chord sequence in which every eight chord is emphasised. So the entire sequence lasts 9x8 bars. But life is short, so I have faded it out early.

9 Get Out And Go Recorded a few days after the Brexit vote, this is a good old-fashioned rock and roll instrumental that says “Hey ho, let’s go forward to the past!”

10-12 Hastings Pier 1-3 Part 1 is the organic, analogue history of the pier and an echo of its past entertainments. Part 2 picks up themes from Part 1 and the rhyme ‘London’s Burning’ and represents the sad period it was derelict and burnt out. Part 3 is the sound of fundraising, reconstruction and relaunch as the wonderful People’s Pier now known locally as The Plank.

13 Robert, Why Are You So Sad And Cruel? The phrase was graffiti outside Brockley station in South London many years ago. It turned quite naturally into this slow, restrained post-rock cry from the heart.

Thanks for reading this - enjoy the music! And whistle away!



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