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Songs of Place
Canals, moors and mills. Samh's new short release EP tells of the untold histories of a typical northern town. Songs of Place, recorded in the places they are about takes the listener up into the bleak Marsden hills, through the longest canal tunnel in Britain, and into the dark, reverberant cellar of one of Huddersfield's only remaining working textile mills. Track 2, 'Gateway to Saddleworth' speaks of the building of the Huddersfield narrow canal from the point of view of the people that built it, rather than the owners and architects, that despite their incompetence, mostly get the credit. It contrasts the jovial church and brass festivals over the hill in Saddleworth, with the cost of progress digging through the side. The chorus sings 'you can ramble over the top, my friends, or tunnel through the side.' Track 4, 'Run of the Mill' uses the sounds of Bates Mill as the pitch and rhythm whilst Samh's vocals glide through a plethora of natural reverb, bellowing from the empty, columned basement of the mill.
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