Lost Horizons’ Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas almost didn’t make it to studio that day two years ago, as the sadness and upset at the news hit them, but they decided to forge ahead and try to use all the energy and his inspiration to create something.
Of the track, Raymonde says: “It was a tough day, but quite an extraordinary one in hindsight. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do anything when I arrived at the studio, but when I sat at the piano something just happened. Richie grabbed his saxophone and our engineer Iggy just pressed record and the resulting improvisation is what you hear, warts and all.
“We didn’t talk much about it, but I can feel his presence on the track for sure. Several months later when I told Richie I wanted to use the track exactly as it was, he was quite surprised and said that he could play the saxophone much better now, and that he’d like to have another go. “Not a chance!” I said. “It may not be ‘perfect’ technically but the reason it has the poignancy it does is because of the circumstances. I don’t want you to change a note.” Thankfully, he agreed…”
Thursday 19th April – BRISTOL – The Lantern
Saturday 21st April – BIRMINGHAM – Institue
Sunday 22nd April – CAMBRIDGE – Portland Arms
Tuesday 24th April – DUBLIN – The Grand Social
Wednesday 25th April – BELFAST – Limelight 2