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Bowing for the Rook

by Red River Dialect

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The Rook 04:56
Hidden Song 05:35


Hello friends

These songs were recorded in 2013, for an album that was intended to be the follow up to 'awellupontheway'. We had all moved away from Cornwall, and Red River Dialect was in diaspora mode (and still is to some extent, but we're going to be busy in 2018...). Coral and I would play guitar and cello together at the flat where I was a lodger in Hackney. Her cello work on this EP blows me away every time. Ed would visit us sometimes and play fiddle - he brings the fine feathers to two of these songs. We booked a day in a studio and set these songs down, hoping that other band-members would be able to add their qualities to the songs (primarily using strings). Later on Robin added his piano to two songs, bringing melodies that go right to the heart and the swing.

Then, due to a sudden, life-changing event, I wrote and recorded Tender Gold and Gentle Blue in direct response to what was personally a new world. That album project was all-encompassing, and so these songs stayed in the can. But they seemed to want to come out, and it has taken a while to find the right way. We wrote and recorded a new album over the last 12 months, and there will be more to say about that very soon, but before we show where we are at now, we wanted to honour that time when RRD was thread-bare and a little unsure about whether it would keep flowing.

That's about it. Goodbye for now!



released July 28, 2017

Recorded by Jimmy Robertson at the old studio on Darnley Road
Some overdubs by RRD at home
Mixed by Jimmy Robertson at SNAFU
Mastering and lathe cutting by Michael Lawrence at Bladud Flies! - bladudflies.com (Highly recommended if you want to get some lathe-cutting done).


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