L'Esprit du Clocher

by Gurgles

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Part- inspired by an excellent audio art performance by John Bonner itself inspired by a book by Alain Corbin – Village Bells, Sound and Meaning in the Nineteenth-Century French Countryside.

It is fascinating how different French villages used church bells to communicate social messages between different hamlets to the level of almost evolving a language of peals.

Couple this medium with the desire to counterbalance sadness, bad times and political cynicism with something unusually rallying(for us anyway) and references to ghosts and the civil war siege of Bradford and ouais, here it is!

lyrics

He died, they cried, she came, to town
She’s funny, alright, the hay is made
Ghost of, Bolling Hall, brass moan, pity poor
Lovers, gonna love, haters.

Ring the bells of Morbihan
Tell us that the siege is blown
Ring the bells of City Hall
Tell the hills I’m coming home

Guess its what bells say
I love you anyway
Guess its what bells say
The horses of hope are on their way

Here is, a tiny babe, here is a crying shame
Bandits, ding-dong, the witches’ blame

Ring the bells of Morbihan
Tell us that the siege is blown
Ring the bells of City Hall
Tell the hills I’m coming home

Guess its what bells say
I love you anyway
Guess its what bells say
The horses of hope are on their way

Miku solo

Guess its what bells say
I love you anyway
Guess its what bells say
The horses of hope are on their way

Guess its what bells say
I love you anyway
Guess its what bells say
Vengeance is on its way


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credits

released May 26, 2020
Augustin Bousfield - Fender Rhodes, Alesis Micron, Korg Miku, handbell, Singing

Nanette Brimble - Bass, Singing

Bradley Cunningham – Drums

Bradford City Hall Bells- Bradford City Hall Bells



Recorded and mixed by, Robert Whiteley at Whitewood Recording Studio, Liverpool

Artwork by Bob Priestley

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Gurgles Bradford, UK

Augustin - Singing, Fender Rhodes, Oxford Synthesiser Company OSCar, Piano,
Nanette - Singing, 'Nan of the North' Precision Fretless, Bass Guitar
Bradley - Self-crafted drum kit

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