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SMITH & MUDD Tea With Holger

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<CLAREMONT 56>を主宰するB.J.SMITHとPAUL MURPHYによるバレアリック・プロジェクト・SMITH & MUDDによるニューアルバム「TEA WITH HOLGER」、UK復刻&発掘レーベル<BE WITH>のライヴラリー・シリーズ

SMITH & MUDDの2人がケルンを訪れ、CANの著名アルバムの数々がレコーディングされた「INNER SPACE STUDIO」で、HOLGER CZUKAYと奥方のURSA MAJORとの共同プロジェクト「BISON」の楽曲制作の頃の素晴らしい思い出に捧げるトリビュート・アルバム「TEA WITH HOLGER」をリリース!ex. PENTANGLEの創立者でスコットランドのSSW・BERT JANSCHともプレイしてきたヴァイオリニスト・MIKE PIGGOTTや、チェロ奏者・SAM CREERらがサポート・ミュージシャンとして加わり、タイムレスかつ普遍性のあるフォーキーでトラディショナルなバレアリック〜英極伝統の上級クオリティーを堪能できる全6曲で綴られる、HOLGER夫妻とのティータイムを過ごしたかけがえのないメモリー。 (DNT)

▼ Tracklisting

A1.The Gardener (4:00)sample
A2.Innerspace (4:19)sample
A3.Weilerswist (3:14)sample
B1.Away From Me (Full Version) (6:58)sample
B2.Kölner Street (3:53)sample
B3.Tea With Holger (4:09)sample

It seems KPM have long been fans of Smith and Mudd and, after being introduced to each other by mutual friend Andy Allday, the peerless Balearic maestros were invited to contribute to the library label’s digital-only “Album Shorts” project. The results are predictably wonderful.

With past projects under our belt working with everyone involved so far it made perfect sense for Be With to take on the vinyl release of this instant library classic. But why is it called “Tea With Holger”

“Holger” is of course Holger Czukay and the whole LP is dedicated to Smith and Mudd’s time spent with him and Ursa Major at Can’s famous Inner Space Studio in Weilerswist, near Cologne.

When not recording it seems they spent a great deal of time sat around being entertained by Holger’s stories and drinking many cups of different sorts of tea from all over the world. These moments provide some their fondest memories of their visits:

“Looking back, it was pretty incredible that we spent part of our lives with Holger in one of the most magical places we’ve ever known, Inner Space Studio. We have our memories and, of course, the Bison album we made with him. But to honour the time we spent with him, we wanted to dedicate an album to him called ‘Tea With Holger’. The names of the tracks are about that time.”

The album was recorded over several years in London, Margate and Gorthleck, a small hamlet in the Scottish Highlands. Mike Piggott, who played with Bert Jansch, handled the strings and played violin whilst Sam Creer lent his virtuoso cello work to the proceedings. The sessions employed a key recording technique fro



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