'Three Songs' is a collection of warm, flowing streams of classical guitar; trickles and trills of church piano; and insistent, minimal percussion evoking dérives into the countryside and city and faltering steps onto the stage. It was recorded by Ian onto half-inch tape in St. Andrew's church, Stapleford, Cambridgeshire over three sessions in January 2012.
released July 1, 2013
Recorded in St. Andrew's Church, Stapleford by Ian Humberstone (piano, guitar, vocals, bass), Robin Spottiswoode (violin), and Rob Waters (backing vocals) in January 2012. Mastered by Nico Marcel in March 2013. Released on 7" by Stitch-Stitch Records 1 July 2013.
The music of The Hardy Tree is as intriguing as the headstone-encircled ash in the grounds of St. Pancras Old Church after which Frances Castle’s musical project is named. & Castle shares with Thomas Hardy a fascination & reverence for forgotten customs & vanished ways of life, as well as for the weird & unexplained. The title of this album recalls that slogan of ‘68, ‘Under the cobblestones, the beach’, although here it’s perhaps the countryside that’s the site of (lost) utopian promise. Private Diagonal