Like a seashell glimmering on Bridlington beach, Down to the Silver Sea is a little gem from an English summer. This pearlescent, summer compilation is from the gloriously confusing mind of Ian Hodgson (Moon Wiring Club). I’ve contributed three tracks to the album which also features sounds from Jon Brooks, Time Attendant, Knö, Howling Moss (seaside cousin of Pye Corner Audio), Moon Wiring Club and The Original Uptown Sycophants.
Each of the contributors to this album was sent an album of curious summer photographs to get the ball rolling. When I think of a peculiarly English summer, I remember the feel of tadpoles skittling over my hand in dusty pond water. I imagine grasping nervously for pennies that I’d dropped under the carousel or between the slats of the pier. I also recall one of those fierce, hot summer days when everyone is limp with heat but the clouds are building into anvil-black towers, ready to break into a summer storm.
It has been the most wonderful excursion, working on Down to the Silver Sea. I love the way everyone had their own take on summer – as though we’d all jumped on the same Green Line bus but each of us had our own joyful destination.
Down to the Silver Sea is out now on vinyl – complete with Hodgson’s exuberant and surreal Deco artwork (some of which is shown here).
Hear a couple of my tracks from the album:
Top of page: promo video from Moon Wiring Club.