The Flat Holm Island Sessions

by Listing Ships

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  • Limited 'message in a bottle' edition

    Here's the story - we took over an entire island for four days at the end of last year, recording, writing, taking samples and filming the whole process, so we thought a straightforward CD or vinyl release wouldn't do justice to the way we put this record together. So we proudly present a treasure trove of Listing Ships content in the LIMITED-EDITION HAND-MADE BOTTLE package.

    Along with the bottle you'll find a 8GB USB stick embedded into the cork, map of Flat Holm Island insert, and the following digital contents:

    ---------------- 1. The Flat Holm Island Sessions ----------------

    This is what you're here for - the music that makes up our new record. We recorded tracks 1-3 on Flat Holm Island, in a converted Victorian barracks building, while track 4 is composed entirely from samples taken in the lighthouse on the island (with a few bits of synth added in). Track 5 was recorded by us on the hottest day of last year in a tiny concrete room, while tracks 6 and 7 are brand new remixes. We've included uncompressed WAV and MP3 version and individual track artwork for you.

    The tracklisting, in case you lose the insert from the bottle(!):
    - Drop The Anchors
    - Fireship
    - The Wolves
    - The Lighthouse
    - All Aboard The MS Stockholm
    - The Wolves (Kid Kid remix)
    - Fireship (BNF Recon)

    ---------------- 2. Videos ----------------

    We made a documentary about our visit to Flat Holm Island, which is available for the first time here. It's a bit like This Is Spinal Tap set at sea.

    Other videos:
    - A dramatic movie trailer for the Listing Ships documentary.
    - The video for Equus Ager, filmed by Fred Perraut during one of our rehearsals.
    - The video for The 100 Gun Ship, assembled by our former drummer Dave Balch from old war and Navy footage.
    - The video for Alba Adriatica, filmed by Fred Perraut during a recording session at the RNLI lifeboat station on Hayling Island in 2012.
    - The video for Nutcracker Six, filmed in Venice.

    ---------------- 3. Bonus Listing Ships music ----------------

    Last year we put out a remix album called 'Ship of Theseus', in which we asked a load of people to remix tracks from our album The Hayling Island Sessions - that's included here as a bonus for you, along with two of our early tracks from 2011, Skipper's Daughter and Melusine Romance.

    ---------------- 4. Photos ----------------

    Photos from our stay on Flat Holm Island, along with an audio diary/photo slideshow recorded for and first broadcast on BBC Radio Oxford.
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released 01 May 2014



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Listing Ships UK

Listing Ships are a quartet from East Oxford inspired by the precision of Tortoise and Shipping News, the sonic palette of The Octopus Project and Tarentel, and the explorations of krautrock.

Mike Bingham - guitars, keyboards
Stuart Fowkes - bass, keyboards
Jim Hey - guitars
James Pamphlion - drums
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