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(from Scott Of The Antarctic, Ealing Studios, 1948)

Andrew from Grasscut here, I’m going to be sharing some bits and pieces about the music we’re releasing over the next few months.

The song Return Of The Sun has nothing to do with the rather gung ho film about Scott from 1948, except for the fact that I couldn’t get the image above out of my head after seeing the film a few years ago. In the winter of 2018, I was on one of my many walks around Brighton and started chatting regularly to a man who was living with all his possessions in a shelter on the seafront. His genuine optimism that ‘the sun will always rise’, and sense of better times coming, amazed me, despite his situation, and all that was and is happening around us.

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Recording piano for Return Of The Sun

So the song tries to articulate the unease of our current times, hopefully tempered with a hint of my seafront friend’s optimism, and the help of Nick Moss’ galloping bass clarinet and the Moscow Bow Tie Orchestra Strings.

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Moscow Bow Tie String Orchestra

One day I went back and he and his possessions were gone. Return Of The Sun is a hymn for him, and all of us who are overwintering, and trying to keep our eyes on the light ahead.

AP

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Return Of The Sun (stereoscopic image by Pedr Browne)

Grasscut is composer producer and singer Andrew Phillips, and manager-from-within and musician Marcus O’Dair

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