I was given the opportunity to record a set of songs at Robin Grey's studio in early 2009. The set up was ideal for acoustic recording, so I decided to concentrate on my "folk" compositions (folk in the strange-tuning, finger-picked Nick Drake sense rather than the ancestral melodies sense). We recorded the basic ten tracks in two nights, keeping things very simple: all live guitar and vocal takes. We had a good headwind. Then, I seem to recall, it took some months to add the embellishments: piano, percussion, backing vocals, more guitars.
We finally finished the recordings in the autumn, had them mastered and commissioned some cover art. For various reasons (finances, enthusiasm, day-job) they never really saw the light of day. I did a few gigs, not much more, then events careered ahead and suddenly we were somewhere else.
Now, with a little time past, and the evenings drawing in again, I felt it was time to correct this - particularly when I found this painless means of doing so. I am now too distant from composition or recording to be either closely invested or scornful of these songs... but listening back, I see no reason why they should not exist in a little corner of the internet.
I fully expect people to download for free: the site offers a Radiohead-style paying system, but you can and should leave the price option at zero. Then copy, burn, share, do whatever you like with them. I hope you like them.
released September 23, 2011
All songs written by Richard Godwin. Produced and engineered by Robin Grey and Richard Godwin at Blue Door studios, Hackney, in Spring 2009. The collage is by Jasmine Golestaneh (see more of her art at www.jasminegolestaneh.com)
Richard Godwin - vocals, guitars, piano, harmonium, etc
Robin Grey - double bass, charango, ukulele
Johanna Godwin - backing vocals
Edmund Howard - percussion
Richard Godwin was born in June 1981, and has been playing guitar and writing songs since the mid-90s. When he is not playing music, which is most of the time these days, he is a journalist - for the Evening Standard, mainly.