Songs inspired by stories of cities and those who dwell in them.
released July 3, 2016
All tracks written by Beth Porter, Ben Please and Poppy Pitt, except track 11, by Ben Please and Beth Porter. The reading in the bonus track 13 is used by kind permission of the author. Produced, mixed and recorded by Ben Please, except track 10 which was mixed by Richard Evans at The Labour Exchange. String arrangements by Beth Porter and Ben Please.
Mastered by Marco Migliari
Artwork: Jacob Stack (www.jacobstack.net
Case design & layout: Ben Please
Cases printed and cut by Opal Print, inserts by Richard Lawrence, disks by Key Production.
Tracks 1, 2, 4, 8, 10 and 12 were recorded at home, with engineering by James King on tracks 1, 4 and 10. Tracks 5, 6 and 7 were recorded at Ashley Manor, Wiltshire. Track 3 was recorded at Cloisters, Bath, track 9 was recorded at Christchurch, Rode and track 11 at Realworld Studios, Box. Additional recording in The Love Lounge (The Bell, Bath), The Open Book (Wigtown), Chelvey Manor, Emma’s house, Pete’s house, Greg’s house, Christchurch, and Jools’ house.
Those who added huge value to this project were Marco Migliari, Greg Baxter, all the musicians who played with us, Brauner microphones and Louis Austin, Grace Designs, Microtech Gefell GmbH microphones and Sound Link Pro Audio, Leigh Haggerwood, James King, Richard Evans, Will Cookson, Steve Belgrave, Mike Hillier, Stuart Bruce, Chris Hughes and Ashley Manor, Universal Audio, UA Digital and Source Distribution, Realworld Studios, The Wigtown Book Festival and The Open Book, Nigel and Jackie at Rave Box Studios, Owen Benson, Anna Botterell and Andrew Hooker Violins, Keith Lunt and co. at Opal Print and Richard Lawrence, Vivi Tobies & Paul Walton. Big thank you also to Caroline Waterlow and Ashley Harrow. Also to Shoo Rayner and Siriol Davies (and John Ruddock in Siriol’s proximity) for our foxes.
Thank you to all our Patreon supporters, past and present, including James Patterson and Alan Squire Publishing, and our song sponsors (see tracks for details). And big up to Jacob Stack for being such an amazing illustrator.
Thank you to Nic and Juliette Bottomley and ALL the staff at Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath for curating our reading (and checking our spelling). Last but not least, to all the amazing authors we have been inspired by to make this album, thank you. Go seek out their books folks.
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