The Boats are of course the well known duo of Craig Tattersall and Andrew Hargreaves, now joined by Danny Norbury on cello, as well as Chris Stewart and Elaine Reynolds on vocals. Craig has previously recorded under Hood, the Archivist and The Remote Viewer, runs the Cotton Goods label and co-runs the excellent Moteer and Mobeer labels with Andrew Johnson. Andrew Hargreaves records as Beppu and co-runs the Lacies’ label with his partner, Alice. As The Boats they have released various works on Moteer, Our Small Ideas, Flau (’Faulty Toned Radio’) and Home Normal with ‘Words Are Something Else’. The newest member to The Boats as of 2009 is the very talented Danny Norbury. He regularly works with Library Tapes, as well as being one-half of the duo Le Lendemain (with David Wenngren aka Library Tapes), and he has also recorded solo projects for Ono, Static Caravan and last year’s wonderful Light In August release on Lacies’.
During the various meetings, phone calls and emails back and forth, we decided that it would be a perfect time to release something of an ‘unknown’ overview of where The Boats are at and what they have done over the years. flau and Home Normal decided that it would be entirely appropriate to do a one-off collaborative release between Home Normal and Flau, as we are such closely tied labels, mutual friends with The Boats, and as a way of coming together for an album release to tie in with our combined Boats and Danny Norbury Japan tour in May of this year .
The result of all this is Sleepy Insect Music, a compilation of unreleased or very limited edition works on compilations and Our Small Ideas, an unreleased remix and reworking of previously released work (’raindrops’). As such it is an essential collection of work for Boats fans and new listeners alike, a wonderful summary of who The Boats are, or the perfect introduction, however you want to view it.
'brilliantly compiled trawl...hint to a great future for the group' - Boomkat (Album Of The Week!)
元Hood、The Remote ViewerのCraig TattersalとAndrew Hargreavesによる人気エレクトロニカ・デュオThe Boatsのレアトラック集。現在は入手困難となっているThe Boats自身のレーベルour small ideasからのEPや、コンピレーション収録曲、リミックス等、The Boatsの真骨頂ともいえるデリケートな電子音と生楽器の暖かな構築美、そして叙情的なメロディーが見事に表現された楽曲の数々を収録。ゲストミュージシャンには、Nancy ElizabethやLibrary Tapesなどの名脇役として大活躍中のチェロ奏者Danny Norbury、moteerレーベルの盟友need more sourcesことChris Stewart、そしてThe Boatsの名作1stやthe sea名義のアルバムにも参加している美しい歌声のElaine Reinoldsが参加。The Boatsの初期作品に近い、メランコリックでノスタルジックなサウンドを聴かせてくれます。本作品はhome normalとの共同リリースとなります。