[Originally intended to be released as our side of a 10" split single, the recent economic climate meant that it couldn't go ahead; we're instead releasing it for free over the internet, hoping one day to have a nice physical form for it...]
Joy is a little different from our normal material- there’s a piano part in there (played by Nicole, on Kings College’s Steinway grand), underscored by growling bowed guitars and mallet-beaten drums, all swathed in smoky reverb. It opens with a D dorian viola melody that meanders over a constantly changing time signature, before swelling and being joined by massed strings, bowed & screwdrivered guitars. ‘Cello takes up the viola melody in a quieter mood, before the whole band swells in again; a solo guitar melody takes over, changing to the major key as it does, repeating over an ascending progression of keys, before being joined by strings to restate the melody. The penultimate section begins with a succession of heavy string phrases backed by pounding drums and bowed guitar, before the strings take up the previous guitar melody. Finally, bowed guitars and strings pulse and fade together before looping away into infinity.
track released December 1, 2008
Neil Walsh - viola
Rhiannon Armstrong - violin
Nicole Robson - ‘cello, piano
Nick Gill - bowed & screwdriver guitar
Martin Austwick - electric guitar
Ed Howard - drums
Engineered & produced by Nick; recorded at Nick’s house, Jamestown Studios and the Organ Grinder House, 2008.