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July 25, 2011

Sleep Sound, where you lay

When Malcolm and I were asked to help out with preparations for the #hsgardenparty, we jumped at the chance. We’re both creatives; making and designing for a living, but the Hope and Social projects we have worked on in the past haven’t just produced some of the work we are most proud of; we’ve had - Read more

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July 22, 2011

Garden Party – Hammock Stage Music

Acoustic music and hanging seating, a match made in heaven… OK, so you’ve heard all about the rather magnificent music line up on the garden party main stage but you know what’s missing? Hammocks, that’s what. Scientific studies have shown that a full day of string bands, swing, dancing, mahoosive choirs and overly-excited Butlins escapees - Read more

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July 21, 2011

Garden Party – Main Stage Music

We’re All About The Music Rich here. Well, I’m ecstatic to be able to say we’ve just about got everything confirmed up musically for the Garden Party. It’s been really tricky getting this all confirmed but as for the main stage, we’re just about there now. There’s still plenty of music to discover on the - Read more

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June 20, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Back to the Green

Back to the Green by Hope and Social Out of tiny acorns…thank goodness. This started as one of the worst demos we’ve ever made. I had a tiny idea on the way into the studio one day – a sort of calypso hybrid of Laid by James and I Fought the Law… We played around - Read more

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June 2, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: The Road Never Lies

The Road Never Lies by Hope and Social First off I think we need to give Ed a massive pat on the back for this one. He took many many tracks of “stuff”…strings, brass, keys, guitar, vocal, 2 pianos which just went on and on and on….and sculptured them into something beautiful. Ed and I - Read more

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May 31, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Swaddled in Dark Clouds

Swaddled in Dark Clouds by Hope and Social The verse to Swaddled came from a fragment of an idea I had and recorded into my phone months ago, and it was originally intended to be a hymn. It was really really simple and was literally the melody and those first four lines. I’d just sing - Read more

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May 24, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Them Rolling Boys

Them Rolling Boys by Hope and Social This track was written so quickly at first. Literally banged out in an afternoon all from the opening riff which Rich plucked out of the air. In every writing session we always seem to write quite a lot of big guitar stuff – most of which doesn’t get - Read more

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May 23, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Cotton Wool

Cotton Wool by Hope and Social [Si] This started life for me as a tiny nothing of a tune I played very late one night in my kitchen and recorded into my laptop. (original demo here – I had to be quiet because everyone was in bed!) It was an irrelevance really – just one - Read more

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May 19, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Rolling Sideways

Rolling Sideways Rolling Sideways by Hope and Social Rolling Sideways is made of 100% jamming around. It’s a bit hazy but I seem to remember that it all came pretty easy in terms of the music at first – sections and parts just slotted into place and the feel of it was coloured by the - Read more

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May 18, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Family Man

Family Man by Hope and Social This track had been kicking around my guitar for a while and I’d put it down on a couple of Garageband demos just with me and an acoustic guitar (have a listen here if you’re interested) I’d thought it wasn’t really appropriate for this album after all we’d discussed - Read more

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May 16, 2011

Sleep Sound track a day blog: Sleep Sound

Sleep Sound has now been out a few days and we thought we’d do a track by track blog like we did for April last year. Loads of people commented on how much they’d enjoyed reading about each song, and to be honest it was a great way to put a full stop on the - Read more

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May 10, 2011

A little bit about Sleep Sound…

… the Album So here it is… Sleep Sound. The third Hope and Social album in as many years (actually, it’s less than two calendar years since we released “Architect…“). We’re very proud of it indeed… Over the next couple of weeks we’re going to do blog posts for each song like we did for - Read more

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