Are You Awake?

by Benguela

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Breathe 06:34
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Bamboo Heart 05:50
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The Bog 04:42
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about

Forty one improvised ideas were tracked at Sound & Motion Studios, Cape Town by Simon ‘Fuzzy’ Ratcliffe on the 6th & 7th of December 2012. Two great days spent throwing down as many sounds as could be wrangled from our respective instruments of bass (double, fretless & electric), guitar (a few electrics, ebow & bouzouki) and drums - even adding in a little synth and theremin for good measure.

Temporarily shelved during the release and promotion of our previous album ‘Adrift’ - selecting, editing and overdubbing started and continued throughout 2015/16 by the drummer, in secret. It was in fact the sound of the little Korg synth and how we reacted and played to that which became the core sonic that guided the choices for this album. Something that sounded fresh within our creative collaborations over the last twenty-four years.

The first eleven tracks were shared with the guitarists at some point, who reacted strangely in favour despite this deception. Joy, celebration and then a few more years work. We added two overlooked wild-cards, two short ‘palette cleansers’ and a bunch more overdubs (including some brilliant sax parts by Luke Townsend). We then mixed the hell out of it, lost all sense of direction, mixed it again (and again) and then finally took it back to its home at Sound & Motion to be mastered.

Throughout this lengthy birthing, the music has kept its head above water, insisting that it be thrown out into the world.

credits

released April 20, 2020

Benguela are Brydon Bolton, Alex Bozas & Ross Campbell.

Recorded on the 6th & 7th of December 2012 at Sound & Motion Studios, Cape Town by Simon ‘Fuzzy’ Ratcliffe. Assisted by Matt James.
Selection, editing, samples and additional recording throughout 2015/6 by Ross Campbell.
Additional recording in 2017/9 by Benguela, except all sax parts by Luke Townsend.
Mixed by Brydon Bolton, Dave Langemann & Ross Campbell.
Mastered by Simon ‘Fuzzy’ Ratcliffe.
Cover photography & design by Ross Campbell.
Band photography by Liam Lynch.

Thanks
To Barbara Fairhead for her support, making the recording of this album possible. 
To Matt & Fuzzy for being brilliant in studio and to Luke for his inspired and generous contribution.
To Dave Langemann for the strategic loan of his ears when days were dark and friends were few.
To Liam, Xavier at Bibliophilia and Rouleaux at Permanent Record.

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Benguela Cape Town, South Africa

Every gig Benguela play is a spur of the moment, creative cesspool that straddles both the ambient and angular.

Brydon Bolton (double bass), Alex Bozas (guitar), Ross Campbell (drums)

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