Hopper, Hugh / Richard Sinclair - Somewhere in France

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This was the album that Richard and Hugh were working on in 1983, when both their fortunes, and the fortunes of their type of music was undoubtedly at their worst.

This is a record of songs - some written by Richard and some by Hugh and is quite stripped down, but there's wonderous Hopper and Sinclair melodies to be found here; the opening track, Long Lingers Autumn Time is both wonderful in itself, and was later reworked by Robert Wyatt (with different words) as Lisp Service on Dondestan.

"These recordings belong to an era in which Canterbury Scene was just a memory... in the mid eighties Caravan and Soft Machine were no more, but two of its most valuable artists gather in France just out of friendship and mutual respect to put down to tape some simple songs, with occasional lyrical/instrumental contributions by friends and local musicians. The result is a collection of tunes far removed by the most extreme complexity of the "scene", yet entirely immersed in its typical serenity and humour. Richard Sinclair plays bass and some guitar, Hugh Hopper bass and keyboards. Recommended once you already possess the other Canterbury milestones."
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Suppose you're in the mood for an intimate Canterbury music experience. You 'could' have Hatfield and the North in your living room. But where would you put Dave's giant keyboard setup? And Pip's arms flailing around might break something! Or you could just invite Hugh Hopper and Richard Sinclair. This short disc has nine tracks, mostly just Richard and Hugh playing guitars, bass and keyboards, and a few guests on vocals and percussion on a few of the tracks. Think of these as real Canterbury songs, just not fully fleshed out. In fact, it's easy to imagine some tracks, especially "Video Shows" as full-fledged Hatfield songs. But that's not the point, is it? You can't have Hatfield in your living room if you want a more intimate experience. Or Soft Machine, for that matter. What are all those squonks and squeaks coming from Elton and Mike? What will the neighbors think? And Robert's arms flailing around could break something. But you can put on "Somewhere in France" any time, and the neighbors will never hear it. And that's their loss. -T.A.
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