Interlude 1: The Garden Of Song (2018)

‘The Garden of Song’ is comprised of five musical adaptations of poems found in a 1911 anthology of the same name, and one additional original song thrown in for good measure. Marrying the luscious poetic imagery of turn-of-the-century Romanticism with sonic textures heavily inspired by the British folk revival movement of the 60s and 70s, ‘The Garden of Song’ seeks to explore how these century-old words sung in a classic style can still hold such contemporary relevance.

Released June 1, 2018

Credits

All instruments: Benjamin Longman
Recording/Mixing/Mastering: Benjamin Longman
Cover art photography: Benjamin Longman
Cover art graphic design: Fran Motta

Writing credits:
1|| Music by Benjamin Longman, words by Hamilton Aidé
2|| Music by Benjamin Longman, words by B.C. Stephenson
3|| Music by Benjamin Longman, words by Gunby Hadath
4|| Music by Benjamin Longman, words by Harold Simpson
5|| Music by Benjamin Longman, words by Harold Boulton
6|| Music & Words by Benjamin Longman & Jesse Shire

 

Missing Screws: Demos & Extras from The Ghost Months (2018)

Some of the demos/drafts/early mixes that I though held some musical/curiosity value of some kind, warts and all. They range from around August 2012, 2 years before the release of Vol. 1, to around March 2016, around the release of Vol. 2. Some songs have changed, some have stayed pretty much exactly the same.

Released April 10, 2018

1. Steady (acoustic demo draft 3)
Phone recording, Feb 2015. Previously released as a bonus track on Vol 1, first UK CD pressing
2. Letters (acoustic demo draft 1)
Phone recording, Dec 2014. Previously released as a bonus track on Vol 1, first UK CD pressing
3. Undone (acoustic demo draft 2)
Phone recording, Sep 2013. Originally titled ‘Decent Run’. Never previously released.
4. Grass (instrumental test mix 1)
Initial ‘cassette-to-digital’ quality test mix, Dec 2014. Before recording of vocals & slide guitar. Never previously released.
5. More (instrumental test mix 2)
Initial ‘cassette-to-digital’ quality test mix, Jan 2015. Before recording of vocals & piano. Never previously released.
6. Undone (instrumental test mix 2)
Initial ‘cassette-to-digital’ quality test mix, Dec 2014. Before recording of vocals. Never previously released.
7. Letters (instrumental test mix 3)
Initial ‘cassette-to-digital’ quality test mix, Jan 2015. Before recording of vocals. Never previously released.
8. Ghosts (live at Little Boat Music)
Recorded at The Star, Godalming, Mar 2015. Re-mixed for this record. Never previously released.
9. Side (live at Little Boat Music)
Recorded at The Star, Godalming, Mar 2015. Re-mixed for this record. Never previously released.
10. Canary (live at Little Boat Music)
Recorded at The Star, Godalming, Mar 2015. Desk audio. Previously released as a bonus track on a short-run re-press of Vol. 1, early 2016..
11. Insects (live on CJSW)
Recorded for ‘The Charmer’s Almanac’, Mar 2016. Broadcast live and previously released online.
12. Captain (original demo of Vol. 2 bonus track)
Writing demo of Vol. 2 bonus track, Aug 2012.Recorded under original title ‘The Captain Goes Down With The Ship’. Re-mixed for this record, never previously released.
3. More (feat. Martha Paton)
Recorded for Youtube, Apr 2015. Desk audio. Previously released online and as a bonus track on a short-run re-press of Vol. 1, early 2016..
14. Will (acoustic demo draft 1)
Phone recording, Jan 2015. Never previously released.

 

The Ghost Months Vol. 2 (2016)

Released March 25, 2016

All music and lyrics // Benjamin Longman

Paintings // Bruno Querci
Artwork layout // John Ferguson

Production // Mike Malyan & Benjamin Longman

Mixing // Mike Malyan*
Mastering // Darius Timmer*
String Arrangements // Samuel Rowe

Benjamin Longman // vocals, guitars, bass, drums (2, 4), piano (6), harmonium, banjo, mandolin
Mike Malyan // drums (1, 3, 5), percussion, hammond, wurli, piano (3), noises
Martha Paton // BVs (2, 3, 4)
Izzy Jones // violin, viola (3, 6)
Samuel Rowe // cello (3, 6)

 

The Ghost Months Vol. 1 (2015)

Released February 25, 2015

Everything you hear on this EP was written and performed by Benjamin Longman and
recorded/mixed on a Tascam 246 4-track cassette Portastudio in the front room of his parent's home,
except
Track 5, which was recorded on location downstairs at The Social, Little Portland St.

Mastered by Mike Malyan

All paintings and artwork photography by Benjamin Longman
Artwork edits by James Willmot