We’re very excited to announce that The Ominous Folk of Hopeless, Maine are recording an album. People have been asking us for CDs for a while now, and we started thinking in earnest about this back in the autumn and exploring what kind of space, studio, and technical support we were going to need.
We wanted to capture the sound of us live and we needed someone to work with who has the gear and also understands the sort of thing we’re trying to achieve. We needed a collaborator we could trust, and once we started looking at studios, and realised Lucas Drinkwater was emigrating, it all got a bit complicated. No one else locally was producing anything that meant we knew they could do what we needed.
And then it all became delightfully uncomplicated, because it turns out that we already had someone in the Hopeless, Maine family with the gear and the skills to help us do all of this. Keith Errington has been working with us on recording, and we’ve been using spaces at The Folk in Gloucester, exploring different soundscapes.
The album itself will mostly be songs that have been written for the Hopeless, Maine setting, plus some trad, and trad we’ve done over. We’re going to have song contributions from Keith Errington on the album – two songs he’s written for us, and extra verses for Show Me Your Tentacles. He’s also singing on some of the tracks, so I think we can say from here that The Ominous Folk project is five people, not four.
We’ve had an amazing time recording in The Folk in Gloucester, and we need to do another session to get everything, so there’s a little way to go, but its an exciting process and there will be an album later in the year.