The Argent Grub

Field Recordings Volume Two

Immersive musical soundscapes from the captured sound of motorways, generators, household appliances, and more.

Raw field recordings are matched to musical ideas and crafted into tracks that make these otherwise industrial noises listenable. At the same time, the recordings need room to breathe and to be heard, to work with the music, to neither dominate it or to be lost behind it.

For best results, find a quiet place. Stop. Listen.

Download from Bandcamp includes a sleeve notes booklet (PDF).

The Depiction Of Unimportant Things

Conceived and recorded over 4 months in spring/summer 2021, the tracks presented here draw on influences from Mogwai, Sparklehorse, The Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine, and more.

Of course sometimes the unimportant things are THE most important things, and each of these songs has it’s roots in throw away comments, phrases, ideas, or images whose value is only revealed once they are given time and space to be explored.

All tracks were recorded at Juliusstrasse Studios in Bradford, UK, where all production is done with free and open source software.

Thanks to LJK, Stu for the usual help and anyone who has ever made a linux audio plugin

Album art - The Argent Grub. Flowers arranged by LJK
Includes modified version of Milnesium tardigradum

Field Recordings

A collection of tracks built up around natural sounds recorded from various places in the UK, India, and Japan.

Much more ambient than previous releases, they work best if you take time to actively listen rather than put them on in the background.
They work well as short single track listens or combined as a whole, depending on how much time you have.

The sound captured from India and Japan was via Locus Sonus.

Walk

A simple song that combines voice, acoustic guitar, and synth.

It’s a reflection on appreciating what you have while you have it.
It’s also a reminder that the changes that are coming may not lead you to what you really want,
and that it’s always later than you think.
Thanks LJK & Stu

Love Songs

Fuzzed up love!

If it were vinyl, it would be a double a-side 45.
Two songs that could be love songs, but then aren’t they all?
For those of a sensitive disposition you should be aware that there is a liberal use of fuzz throughout.

I Can’t Breathe

A response to the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020 sparked by the death of George Floyd

I Can’t Breathe - Listen and Download for free on Bandcamp

Please share freely

The track features the names of 108 black men and women who have died at the hands of police

Listen Up

Soundtracking the speeches of Greta Thunberg

This is small way of sharing and amplifying Greta’s words. Please share freely.

If you would like to donate, give to a organisation committed to fighting climate change like Extinction Rebellion.

Listen up - Listen and download free on Bandcamp

How Dare You: Greta’s full speech to world leaders at UN Climate Action Summit, September 2019

Let’s March: Greta’s speech at Bristol climate strike, UK, February 2020

Our House Is On Fire: Greta’s speech to the World Economic Forum 2019

Credits

Greta’s Speeches

Earth from Apollo 10

I Can’t Breathe Album Image by Anthony Quintano
Licence: Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Modification: Cropped from the original to a square. Added The Argent Grub logo.

Microscope image of Tardigrade