POSTCARDS FROM HOME
A 12 track CD on apricot records (apricd018)
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|12 track CD release on apricot records (apricd018)|
The songs were all recorded on a Roland VS-840 digital workstation. Work commenced in April 1998 with 'Warmth Of the Sun' being the first song started. It was slow progress mainly due to lyric writing and learning a new machine. Eighteen songs were recorded in these sessions and fifteen were selected for the Appetence CDR. The three remaining songs are 'Destiny Calls', 'Holding On' and 'Break Down The Door'. All songs were completed in March 2000. Apricot Records decided to take 12 of these songs and release a second Shining Hour CD, 'Postcards From Home' which will see release on 5th April 2002.
Hope you enjoy the songs too.
APRICOT'S PROMOTIONAL STATEMENT
was the first warm day of the year; a long winter came to an end. We were
happy to feel some warmth and see the first signs of Springtime. I walked
down the few steps to the mailbox, joyful thoughts about a breakfast outside
on the porch in my mind. When I opened the mailbox I found a postcard
inside. It was from Mark; we had not seen each other in a long time and
I was curious about his life and his experiences in the past year. He
was writing about the wintertime in England. About days spent inside,
listening to music and reading books. On the next day I was surprised
to receive a postcard from Mark again; it contained a short story about
a girl he had met in a small grocery-store. This went on for another 10
days; I obtained 12 postcards in total - and when I took the 12th card
out of the mailbox I discovered a small parcel with a CD in it. In the
accompanying letter Mark explained that he had recorded 12 songs - songs
about love and loneliness, about hope and despair, about faithfulness
and tears. 12 songs about his winter in Worthing, England, 12 songs so
typically for The Shining Hour. P!O!P!-songs from Mark's bedroom - jangling
guitars, soft vocals, tunes so soft as a piece of chocolate-cake. Mark
is one of the these British songwriters being dedicated to music and music
only. Think of Nick Drake, Ben Watt or Bill Pritchard. His music is strongly
influenced by the spirit of c86; bands like McCarthy, The June Brides
and The Railway Children will come to mind. The Shining Hour - as English
as the weather. I haven't received a postcard from Mark in a while now.
But I'm sure he'll write back if you send him a card. Or you'll listen
to his 12 Postcards From Home.
Hanns-Christian Mahler of Brideshead and Apricot Records recording acoustic guitar on Losing Faith.