For a week this summer (7/7/17) wiaiwya will be releasing a 77 minute long song every day from 7 different artists to benefit Médecins Sans Frontières - the plan is to raise £7777. The Hardy Tree has contributed a 77 minute track to the project. Releases will be available as very limited CDs (49 copies) or as downloads and posters. The release schedule is staggered, if you want to pre-order all 7 CDs, downloads or posters you can do that now. 10 copies of The Hardy Tree CD will be available to pre-order on the 16/06/17, with the remaining CDs, downloads and posters being available from the 13/07/17.
"77 was an excuse to play around and try some new things out. An exercise in not
being too precious, to drop the concepts and just experiment. ‘Sketches in D
minor’ follows one chord progression taking its starting point as a sequenced Moog, it speeds up and slows down, it grows and changes, string machines, Mellotron sounds, vibes and glockenspiel’s weave in and out. I played with some new equipment, I learned some stuff, and I hope along with all the trial and error have managed to create something appealing "
Tuesday, 13 December 2016
The first pressing of The Hardy Tree - Through Passages of Time is sold out. There will however be a second pressing this time on transparent yellow vinyl, it is available to pre-order now and will ship on the 3rd of February 2017. Download/stream through :itunes/bandcamp/spotify/greedbag etc
Tuesday, 18 October 2016
The Hardy Tree is the musical project of Clay Pipe Music's owner Frances Castle, her first LP ' The Fields Lie Sleeping Underneath' was the initial release on the label over five years ago.
Through Passages of Time soundtracks buildings and areas of London that no longer exist. Small places stumbled upon by accident, traced on maps, and illustrated in Georgian prints. Frequently visited pubs that have been rebuilt and renamed, the ship breakers yard decorated with wooden figureheads at Baltic Wharf, or the Thames Watermen living in the shadow of the Hawksmoor designed church at Horselydown. Lost places re-imagined and brought to life using clusters of sequenced Moogs, off Kilter electronics, vibes, and Mellotron - capturing the essence of the dark city and its more bucolic outer suburbs. This is a plaint to an older stranger London that is quickly becoming priced out and forgotten. Look carefully and clues to the ancient past can still be found.
Looking Down on London
The Peerless Pool
St John Horsleydown
Pepy’s WalkSandbridge Court
Sluice House Tavern
Near Windmill Bridge
Cut Throat Lane