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Hastings to London (Leaving Charlie Fisher)

from Soft Verges by Michael Bassett

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    We proudly present Soft Verges in a signed-and-numbered limited vinyl edition! Much of Soft Verges was tracked live at Chicago's legendary Electrical Audio; then lush-sounding 180-gram vinyl was cut directly from the original tape for a completely analog listening experience. The whole thing is wrapped in a holographic foil-embossed jacket designed by Black Sea's Justin Lloyd. Only 300 copies of this edition exist; each one is hand-signed and numbered by Michael Bassett and Justin Lloyd and comes polybagged in crystal-clear archival mylar.

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leave in the dark
the air breaks hissing
all the doors are closing now
jerk and pull and the cars are catching
she slides away in the awful sound

switches change and have no mercy
the platform turns and crumbles down
a silhouette cannot make the journey
so it joins the dying town

cool and grey a wound is opened
all the world comes rushing in
black and choked with cigarettes and questions
this train begins to tear again

how many stops from here to london?
what distance from a dying town?

rails joined in perfect separation
the earth curves
and the whistle howls


from Soft Verges, released August 1, 2008
Produced by Michael Bassett
Music and lyrics by Michael Bassett

Michael Bassett: voice, steel-string acoustic and electric guitars
John Blakely: kit drums
Maja Bugge: cello
David Prior: piano
Kevin Sanders: standup bass

David Prior: engineering and production
Kevin Bartlett: digital mixes at Aural Gratification Studios, Woodstock NY
Pete deBoer: engineering and transfer of digital mixes to tape
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Acoustech, Los Angeles, CA


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Michael Bassett Bath, UK

With soaring vocals and powerful-yet-delicate guitarwork, Michael Bassett combines the raw catharsis of modern indie, the world-wise acoustic lilt of classic folk and the virtuosity of progressive rock on his Eschatone debut, puddleskinwaving, and his wonderful sophomore release, Soft Verges. ... more

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