Featuring on the upcoming reissue of ‘Love To Give’ and premiered today on Dummy, this collaboration between Halls and producer Richard Formby is “all effects, modulations, notes and patterns were created on the spot, one recording, no multi-tracking and no overdubs. It’s a brief snapshot.
“We were on tour and it was the morning after playing a show in Leeds,” says Samuel Howard, aka Halls. “Richard invited us to his studio in the city and we went there, all of us, and played around with his gear. Whilst he was showing the others the recording room, Ian and I started improvising on an old Farfisa keyboard. The keyboard was a bit broken, one of the keys only made white noise. Ian took the left-hand side and started playing an arpeggiated pattern of bass notes, fairly slowly, with his left hand. We added more patterns bit by bit, and by the time both our hands were playing arpeggiated patterns Richard had turned on the Revox – I think it was an A77 or a B77 – and was running effects through the recording too, a panned delay. We didn’t realise he was recording at the time, we only found out after. The improvisation was recorded on some knackered reel of tape, hence the distortions and alternating speeds. We kept playing until we couldn’t go on. It got quite intense in the studio..”