The Night Dances
Release Date: 20/03/2020
Label: Four Red Points Records
Formats: Limited Edition (250 copies) CD with fanzine (FRPR-CD001), Download Code with fanzine (FRPR-DL001), online download and streaming.
1. Sixteen (Duration – 03:46) *
2. I Thought That You Wouldn't Be There (Duration – 03:04) *
3. Distortion of Importance (Duration – 03:37)
4. Red (Duration – 03:45) *
5. It Doesn't Slow Down (Duration – 01:58)
All songs written by Aphra Taylor.
All vocals and instrumentation by Aphra Taylor except:
*Gaz Farmer – Drums.
Produced by Aphra Taylor / Nick Breakspear.
Recorded and Mixed by Nick Breakspear.
Mastered by Tim Turan.
'The Night Dances' is the debut five track EP from Aphra Taylor. Aphra is an Oxford based musician aged just 17.
The Night Dances is named after a poem of the same name by Sylvia Plath from the anthology 'Ariel'. The poem is about Plath's son and how he would dance in his crib at night - this image resonated with Aphra as it explores motherly love, mental health, and nocturnal inspiration.
The EP was home recorded over a seven month period on a ten year old Macbook whose screen died and was replaced by a TV mid recording...
The songs on the EP are:
Sixteen – About a year in someone's life and the associated disruptions to that – each verse represents one significant person in that year. It's about the passing of time and growing older.
I Thought That You Wouldn't Be There - Is about being let down by someone that you love, through contradictory messaging and the betrayal of trust; but also the literal sense of someone not showing up.
Distortion of Importance – Is about feeling insignificant in an over-populated world. Touching on existentialism and what follows life, through death.
Red – Represents childhood memories that contrast with new surroundings, and the pain you feel when you realise life's truths.
It Doesn't Slow Down – Explores the fear of pending responsibility, and the stress of becoming an adult.
Andy Bell (Booglaoo Radio/Ride) - ‘All great songs. Intimate feeling...absolutely brilliant!'
Nightshift Magazine – 'Mixes the intimacy and melody of folk, with the slacker scuzz of grunge...(recalling) KD Lang and Cat Power'.
In 2019 Aphra performed at both 'If Not Now, When?' and 'Ritual Union' festivals, as well as performing supports to acts including Witching Waves/Charm Pit, Mammoth Penguins/Birds of Hell, Thyla, Kermes/Junk Whale, and Richard Walters at New College Chapel for the tenth anniversary of his debut album.
Aphra also performed sessions for Andy Bell (Ride/Oasis) on Boogaloo Radio and BBC Introducing Oxford - search Mixcloud
The self-produced fanzine accompanying this release is one of a series for which 'Aphra' (Molly) recently won The Dan Hemingway Creativity Prize.
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