This Must Be the Place

by Hope and Social

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1.
06:20
Now the clouds are thinning out Now the green pokes through I can see the daffodils There in their bloom Now the mist is breaking up Now the sun cuts through I can see the houses form There in the blue I'm just a spec, a piece of dust Floating round the universe. But so are you, and so are they But right here now well that's okay Every moments lights will change Strangers passing through This place, this belongs to me A dot in the blue I'm just a spec, a piece of dust Floating round the universe. But so are you, and so are they But right here now well that's okay The swallows dance up in the sky The cows march on the countryside The trees are swaying, beating time It's not some proof, it's not a sign It's just the cards, the way it plays Some things will grow, some things decay And we will live, and we will die But right here now well that's alright The swallows dance up in the sky The cows march on the countryside The trees are swaying, beating time It's not some proof, it's not a sign It's just the cards, the way it plays Some things will grow, some things decay And we will live, and we will die But right here now well that's alright I'm just a spec, a piece of dust Floating round the universe.
2.
04:16
Here’s where we played baby Here’s where we fell down Here’s where we bled honey Into the ground Here’s where we loved baby Here’s where we made out Here’s where we cried honey Tears in the ground All our ghosts Are laid in the ground Over the bridge riding Down through the way down Oh with our sweat dripping Into the ground Holding your hand honey Keeping our eyes down Oh with our hearts pouring Into the ground All our ghosts Are laid in the ground (This is the place, this is the song These are the words and here's where it happened) Here’s where we grew slowly Straight out of thin air Here’s where we bred gently Out of the ground Watching the days rolling Watching the years fly Watching us grow slowly Into the ground All our ghosts Are laid in the ground Now that my legs fail me Now that I shuffle down Here’s where I think baby Face to the ground Here’s where we’ll stay honey Here’s where we’ll lay down Here’s where I’ll sink finally Into the ground With all our ghosts There in the ground (This is the place, this is the song These are the words and here's where it happened)
3.
04:13
Hands up the ones who married Hands up the ones who tied Hands up the silent lovers Who let their secrets hide Inside the hymn book pages Under the wooden pews Tell us what you discovered As you were passing through Hands up the ones who suffered Hands up the ones who died Hands up the silent mourners With hearts all wrung our dry You've been to awful places Done things we all must do Tell us what you discovered As you were passing through What do you know about love? Hand up the ones who prayed here Hands up the ones who tried To find some deeper meaning To those unsilent nights There's no ferocious battle There is no finish line Tell us what you found there To help us through the night What do you know about love? We're going to come together We're going to carve our names We're going to brave the weather Come find me here I am We're going to sing together Do things we all must do We'll share what we discover As we are passing through What do you know about love?
4.
04:40
I’ve been sitting here blowing out the same old tune It rattles me. I could sing this all day through now I’m just sitting here on this road I’m just taking time watching how our loved ones grow Like colours change as the clouds blow to and fro now I’m just sitting here on this road He’ll be a man who grows She’ll need a loving soul And I’ll be...sitting here on this road There’s no need to move, here’s the library pick and choose It’s all to see, swimming in a sea of lives lived I’m just sitting here on this road There’s a face who could had been the sunshine in your life There’s one who could have ended crying by your side now I’m just sitting here on this road He’ll fall and carry on She’ll fail but still be strong And I’ll be sitting here on this road Come back and let us know How much your world has grown And I’ll be sitting here asking Maybe I should have moved Flown out and seen the world But I’ve been happy just on this road

about

Important!!!! Get yer cans out!!! This Must Be The Place is a binaural recording, and for the best listening experience should really only be listened to on headphones.

This Must Be The Place: A sonic time-machine. A portal to musical moment, in the very place it happened.

Binaural recordings (when experienced on headphones), give a 360° audio image, rather than the simple left and right of a stereo recording; on listening we are enveloped in 3 Dimensional sound.

There’s a real sense of the space the songs were written and played in, and of the moment in time that the recordings were captured. A unique, immersive listening experience.

Recorded across two days in Grassington, this Must Be The Place explores the ways in which people’s memories, the events in our lives, and the experiences we have are embedded in the very walls and streets of a place, rooted in its very soil. The place in your hometown that when you’re there, you’re the most "home" that you can be? The place that most speaks to you, that draws you back when you’re away, that centres you, the place where that thing happened?

Throughout May and early June 2018 Hope & Social met and spoke with a number of people from Grassington, and visited the places they felt were significant in the fabric of their lives, in this place. From these conversations and field-trips the band have written and recorded six songs that can be listened to in the six unique locations where the pieces were recorded.

The recordings contained herein were only ever meant to be heard (via a pair of tin-cans and some string - see album cover) in the exact places they were recorded, as an antidote to the ubiquity of the internetz-available mp3. We're releasing this EP now, during the enforced period of social-distancing and self-isolation due to the Coronavirus pandemic because there doesn't seem to be a better time to give you the chance to virtually travel to this beautiful village in the Yorkshire Dales. So, take a seat (in your garden, or somewhere where you can feel the heat of the sun stream in through your windows), pop your headphones on, close your eyes and let yourself be transported to the greenery of North Yorkshire. Smell the grass. Listen to the birds... oh and keep your ears out for that Spitfire!

More info at: hopeandsocial.co.uk/projects/this-must-be-the-place/

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released March 29, 2020

Hope and Social are: Simon Fletcher, James Hamilton, Rich Huxley, Gary Stewart, Simon Wainwright and Ed Waring.
Additional brass: Jon "The Melvilator" Melville on Sax, Stuart "Stugger" Garside on Trombone.
Recorded using Craig Rothery's head.
Ed waring also did some post-recording processing on the 2-track, but I'll be bu993red if I can tell you exactly what difference that has made. Sounds good to me tho! :)

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Hope and Social Leeds

In the tradition of the travelling bands, we guess we’re a bit like a Yorkshire E-Street Band...meets Arcade Fire...meets The Faces…meets Dexys Midnight Runners…meets Prefab Sprout…at a party...in an argument about who gets to have sex with David Bowie. We're not as good at describing ourselves as others are, so...

"a big sound from this impressive outfit...inspired, anthemic, great" - Q magazine
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