Remembrance Day sees Sheffield-based In The Nursery issue a new video for ‘Suvla Bay (The Cavalryman)’, a deeply moving track included on their recently released ‘HUMBERSTONE’ album.
The album title is the surname of core group members Klive and Nigel, who are also identical twins.
The piece is based around a recording of one of their old synthesizers detuning itself and is accompanied by improvised cello and choir to haunting effect. “It was inspired by our great uncle, who served with the City of London Yeomanry as part of the Gallipoli campaign in WW1,” the duo explain. “The video is centred around a letter sent to his parents detailing his harrowing experiences.”
Thomas Squire survived the Gallipoli campaign but later received injuries from which he died on 30th November 1917 in Cairo, Egypt. He was 24.
Although the recording of the Korg MS20 detuning itself appears random, it actually descends in tonal increments that were then converted to MIDI in order to give a notational guide for cellist Liz Hanks. She was given suggestions to explore the Shepard tone and ascending scales, but was also allowed free reign to improvise and respond to the audio. Her cello work features drones, wolf notes, tremolo and high harmonics.
Written and recorded at their own Beehive Works studio in Sheffield in 2021, a year in which the Humberstone’s turned sixty, their new album sees them in reflective mood, making connections between music and memory and utilising the loss of immediate family and antecedents as a catalyst and stimulus for its material.
‘HUMBERSTONE’ also includes the singles ‘Ektachrome (The Animator)’ VIDEOand ‘Émigré (The Dressmaker)’ AUDIO, plus ‘Cookham Stone (The Painter)’ VIDEO