It’s always a bonus when talented musicians get behind a genre and really do it justice. Today, we have the ever talented pianist Greg Foat and multi-instrumentalist Warren Hampshire from The Bees together as Hampshire and Foat. The two combine forces to present us with a record full of the sounds of 1960’s Italian soundtracks, British library music, as well as American jazz and folk influences. The result is a stunning bag of tunes. The band features members of both of the chaps’ bands, including top UK drummer Clark Tracy. The record itself was recorded 100% analog and direct to 2″ tape, as well as being mixed down on a fully analog desk directly to the Sun Studios 1/4 valve tape machine. Proper recording technique for sure.
A record full of the sounds of 1960’s Italian soundtracks, British library music, as well as American jazz and folk influences.
It was also mastered at from tape direct to lathe at Timmion Cutting Studios in Finland, so you know it’s going to be tight. They have gone all out on this one, giving not just the music, but the packaging a keen ’60’s feel with a glossy, hand made paste sleeve. It is truly a breath of fresh air to see two artists that are so dedicated to this type of music, and not only wanting to preserve and expand on the genre, but using the particular recording technique and packing it up like we were still in the sixties. An all around sight and sound experience. take a listen to a few tracks from the record below, and pre-order the record as well. Athens Of The North on point once again!
Available through Athens of The North on May 26th.
Pre-order the record here.