Friday, June 08, 2018

Hampshire and Foat - Nightshade library music vol1

"Athens Of The North released Nightshade on June 5th, another chapter in Greg Foat and Warren Hampshire prolific collaboration. Drawing inspirations from the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s, Nightshade is a testament to the artists deep passion for that era

This new Hampshire and Foat project should not come as too much of a surprise to those familiar with Greg and Warren's music, influenced heavily by not just jazz but the library sound of the ‘60s and ‘70s along with film soundtracks from the same golden era.

Greg and Warren are avid collectors of this music, with Greg sending me links night and day to LPs he has picked up digging on his travels. This constant search sends him down new musical pathways and often sparks whole new concepts for projects. .

We had talked for a long time about doing a library style LP (something Greg is very passionate about) so during different recording sessions Greg and Warren started laying down various tracks, which eventually were selected for Nightshade Side one is 5 tracks in very distinct styles, musical paintings for the big screen. The vast sound of the Japanese influenced ‘Jasmine’, The Spaghetti Western melancholy of ‘Mariposa Lily’, The call to action that is ‘Antonio's Theme’, the breezy vintage sports car in the sun that ‘Coastal Drive’ portrays, and ‘Lost in Nostalgia’, a late night Poirot-esque piece.

Side B is a classic library suite, which Greg describes as a “Detective's theme with different variations on the motifs”.

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