- Release Date 2017-07-21
- Label Onomatopoeia
- Catalog HUM19
A.J. Holmes (Vanishing Breed, AJ Holmes & The Hackney Empire, They Came From The Stars I Saw Them) has made a record that captures an echo of a vanishing utopia.
Holmes has recorded a specifically composed collection of songs at Robin Hood Gardens, a residential housing estate in Poplar, London designed in the1960s by architects Alison and Peter Smithson, completed in 1972 and at the time of this recording, scheduled for demolition. The songs were recorded live in various spaces around the site and no post-production, processing or effects were used.
In this era of current housing crisis in London; the aim was to capture the sound of an environment that would soon no longer be there, capturing an echo - literally - of an era of post-war social democracy and public housing boom (seen then as a solution to the housing shortage).
This is Holmes's homage to Robin Hood Gardens, the people that live / lived there and the architects Alison and Peter Smithson.