The second of six albums from Spencer McGarry Season. Augmentd with guests from The Hot Puppies, Barefoot Dance Of The Sea and Cardiff New Music Collective amongst others, this 69-minute epic brims with strings, brass, woodwind, percussion and additional vocals.
Produced by Charlie Francis (High Llamas, REM), it takes its cues from a broad range of influences, with the 20th century musical theatre of Rogers and Hammerstein, Gershwin and Irving Berlin noticeable alongside the baroque pop of Brian Wilson, Sufjan Stevens and The Beatles and even modern classicists Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
With huge faux-operatic moments, jazz passages, knowing avant campness and out-and-out noise, culminating in a 20-minute medley, the results make for a challenging yet warm and accessible record and a massive step forward.
Episode 2:- The Only Man is me
Written & Arranged by- Spencer McGarry
Produced, Engineered & Mixed by- Charlie Francis
Recorded at- Music Box Studios, Cardiff
Mastered by- Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering
Photography & Dasein- Kirsten McTernan
Additional Guitar Recording (*9)- Luke Taylor
Episode 2 Cast:-
Avvon Chambers- Drum Kit, Percussion
Dan McGinn- Trumpets, Flugel Horns
Elizabeth Gibson- Cellos
Glenn Thompson- Percussion (*1 *11 *16)
Katy Rowe- Violins
Paul Jones- Organ (*8), Fender Rhodes (*15)
Rebecca Wood- Vocals
Tina Hitchens- Piccolo, Concert Flute, Alto Flute
Tom Jackson- Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Simon Lewis- French Horns
Sophie Cochrane- Vocals
Spencer McGarry- Vocals, Piano, Keyboards, Guitars, Banjo
Stephen Black- Bass Guitar, Clarinet (*1)
Keith Lerego, Charlie Francis, Luke Taylor- Bullets Hit Bullets You Know.
Mark Foley, Luke Taylor, Tina Hitchens, Elizabeth Gibson, Stephen Black, Avvon Chambers- Great Enemies.
Acknowledged Gratitudes to:-
Gill Edwards for notation and co-arrangement on *2 & *3
Thanks to Mr Francis, Music box, Businessman Records, and the outstanding contributions of the cast.