Our Years In The Wilderness

by The Hi-Life Companion

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Take a journey through a West Country wilderness with brothers Jonathan and Matt Troy, on an album charting the many tender moments of growing up and growing old

Inspired by the lush, rich cinematic sounds of Richard Hawley, Lambchop and Camera Obscura, much of the melancholic nostalgia of the album was precipitated by the loss of parents and a subsequent re-visiting of remote childhood haunts in and around the Forest of Dean.

The songs on the album are a set of stories spanning the last one hundred years. Taking in themes such as Bristol’s nautical past, child disappearances, adolescent obsessions with tennis players and old mining stories from the Forest of Dean, they draw on a heady mix of local myths and legends and blurred memories of places, times and events.

Jonathan Troy: "Growing up we were always fascinated by the eerie undiscovered wonders of the Forest and Wye Valley. I wanted to write something which was rooted geographically in the area I knew as a child and teenager, and which captured this feeling of strange creepy places and the adolescent excitement of crossing boundaries, expanding horizons, stepping into the wilderness that lies beyond the bottom of the garden."

Much of the album was recorded during the early hours in a disused warehouse in Thornbury, near Bristol between 2009 and 2013 by brothers Jonathan and Matt Troy, with additional parts recorded at family homes around Bristol.

The majority of the instruments on the album were played by Jonathan and Matt, with strings and horns added by Sarah Eales, Dury Loveridge and Jim Cornick. Additional vocals were supplied by Lucy Rogers. The hub of the band remains Jonathan, Matt and long-time drummer Mark Freeth, with the wider playing band a fluid musical collective of contributors.

The album will be available on the band’s own No Pudding Annie Records from 16th June, as well as through Amazon, CD Baby and ITunes. The band will be playing a series of live shows towards the end of the year.

The Hi-Life Companion have previously made one album - ‘Say Yes’ released on Plastilina Records in 2010. Songs from that album have been played by Colin Murray on Radio 1, Tom Robinson on Radio 6 and Tom Ravenscroft, Channel 4

Jonathan Troy was previously in Airport Girl, Mark Freeth in The Mayfields.

Contact: thehilifecompanion@googlemail.com

Band website: www.thehilifecompanion.co.uk

Label website: www.nparecords.com

Twitter: twitter.com/HiLifeCompanion

You-Tube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/hilifecompanion


released June 16, 2014

Mixed by James Muir. Mastered by Chris Bauer.

All tracks J.Troy/M.Troy. Lyrics by J.Troy.

Strings arranged by J.Troy apart from 'Meet Me At The Pier' arranged by J.Troy/M.Troy.

Horns arranged by J.Troy.

Matt Troy: electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitar, vocals, delays.

Jonathan Troy: vocals, organ, mandolin, piano, additional drums, percussion, glockenspiel, loops, samples

Lucy Rogers: vocals

Mark Freeth: drums

Sarah Eales: violins

Dury Loveridge: cello

Dave Toole: Fender Rhodes, organ on track 6

Sarah Tope: flute.



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No Pudding Annie is a Bristol-based label run by Karlos and Jon and set up in 2013 as a platform to release mixed-media curiosities, obscurities and long-lost things. Karlos used to be the singer in the 90′s Wye-Valley band Mallow, and Jon currently fronts The Hi-Life Companion. ... more

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