Numbing was recorded in Ilfracombe in 2009 after my close family decided to relocate, for what became five years before moving on again. I stayed there temporarily a number of times using mainly an attic bedroom and the garage in the garden for recording music. Working and walking and living in this quite special north devon microclimate is somewhat sobering and substantial. Rolling green flourishing hills surrounded by brutal oceans jagged rocks and unsettled weather created a special environment for much of my work written or completed there in one way or another. Numbing was created for my mum, for meditation and healing therapy practice. A long improvisation with my guitar and various instruments I had at the time including a singing bowl and a special north american style flute I stole off my dad.
Whenever I think of Ilfracombe I always remember the drive to get there, it feels like the journey goes on forever as all the roads are blinded by huge teeming hedges elevated higher than the roof of any car or van. Arching trees overhead with cool light gazing through the leaves and rarely any fellow drivers.
I have chosen to release this now only on bandcamp as it was one of the first ‘successful’ improvised music recordings I made back before Foundling had even come into existence. Numbing has been requested to be shown in a new Dutch documentary about Martin Margiela along with a track from my first full EP release Wake Up In Bits. So I’m making an imprint to mark this occasion named Flight Coda. It will function as a label for my own recordings for which I cannot find a home and Numbing is the first release.
The artwork is a drawing I made from around the same time in the same location back in Ilfracombe in 2009. Karisma colour pencils on paper approximately A5.
Created by Foundling
Released by Flight Coda
Catalogue number: FC01