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Virginia Astley – From Gardens Where We Feel Secure

Virginia Astley
From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
Style: Ambient, Classical
Label: Happy Valley Records, Rough Trade
Catalog Number: HA 001
Released: 1983, 80's
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Virginia Astley’s conceptual debut is a collection of tone poems meant to represent the sounds and mood of an innocent summer day. The album is notable for its use of field recordings and natural sounds, which Astley used as the foundation for these gorgeous improvised piano pieces. The playing is beautiful, simple, melodic, and evokes a childlike nostalgia. Listening to it is like lying in some sunny grassy garden and hearing the world pass by. An anomaly in her catalogue and a rarity in the record world, this LP is a sought after beauty.

– Dane Majors

Recommended – Full Listen

Tags: Ambient / Home Listening / Meditative / Modern Classical / Organic
Tracklist:

Morning
A1 With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming
A2 A Summer Long Since Past
A3 From Gardens Where We Feel Secure
A4 Hiding In The Ha-Haredits

Afternoon
B1 Out On The Lawn I Lie In Bed
B2 Too Bright For Peacocks
B3 Summer Of Their Dreams
B4 When The Fields Were On Fire
B5 It’s Too Hot To Sleep

Credits:

Written and Performed by, Co-producer, Photography – Virginia Astley
Producer, Engineer – Russell Webb
Design – David A. Jones, Martyn Atkins

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