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2020 17 Jul

The Hardy Tree: Common Grounds

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For all friends of Hauntology and twilight worlds from The Wicker Man til Coil’s „Music To Play In The Dark“, comes this stuning mood piece rooted in leftfield traditions of fairytales and ghost stories. Frances Castle is the illustrator/owner behind the Clay Pipe record label, and The Hardy Tree is her ongoing musical project. Common Grounds was started during the first 2020 lock down – when time moved very slowly and travel away from home became impossible.

“Like many others with nowhere else to go, I walked the streets of my neighbourhood for exercise and well-being. I began to see the ghosts of the people who had lived here before me, and notice the things that they had left behind; shapes of ancient tram tracks creeping under the tarmac, an old gas street lamp in an alleyway, a tiny metal sign indicating a culverted river. I spent my evenings writing and recording the music on this LP, and then the following day would listen to the rough mixes as I walked, the music began to soundtrack the walks, and the walks began influencing the type of music I was creating.”

Frances Castle 2022

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