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Necessary Animals

by Necessary Animals

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Timelord 04:45
Talk To Me 04:19
Riverbed 03:36
Piano Thing 03:59
Revelation 06:30


Aldora Britain Records proudly presents the self-titled debut album from Hastings experimental collective Necessary Animals. This record was originally released in 2018.

This nine-track collection is a perfect encapsulation of what Necessary Animals are all about. Listeners are welcomed into a weird and wonderful sonic universe, moving quickly from avant-garde tendencies to free-flowing jazz to precise post-punk punch. Taking influence from such experimental mavericks as Captain Beefheart and Miles Davis, this English ensemble redefine the contemporary indie music landscape. This is forward-thinking and boundary-pushing, an adventure in sound and a brilliant earlier snapshot of the band.

For fans of Captain Beefheart, The Beatles, Miles Davis, Nina Simone, and Bob Dylan.

Keith Rodway, Necessary Animals: "When I write lyrics, I leave out a lot of information. I give clues as to what I mean and leave listeners to fill in the gaps, so they become active listeners, they create their own meanings."


released January 1, 2024

Songs written by Keith Rodway.

Tracks 1, 3 and 7 music written by Alan Bruzon, Keith Rodway and Amanda Thompson.

Track 6 was improvised live by The Camo Quartet.

Alan Bruzon: electric guitar, 12-string guitar.

Fritz Catlin: melodica, percussion.

Simon Charterton: drums, percussion.

Andrew Cooper: cornet on tracks 3 and 6.

Ingvild Delia: vocals.

Holly Finch: vocals on track 3.

Steve Finnerty: guitar on track 5.

Keith Rodway: bass, synthesiser, kalimba, balaphone, ukulele, keyboards.

Brian Schmidt: strings on track 7 and 9.

William Snelling: guitar on track 4.

Leo Snook: voice on track 6.

Amanda Thompson: keyboards, vocals, guitar, banjo, cello.

Charlotte Tingley: voice on track 6, vocals on track 4.

The Camo Quartet is:

Bill John Harpum: violin.

Dominic Ingham: violin.

Laurens Price-Novak: cello.

Simon Richards: violin.

Recorded by Alan Bruzon, Fritz Catlin and Keith Rodway.

Mixed by Fritz Catlin.

Artwork by Peter Quinnell.

Originally released on Yellow Fish Records, November 2018.

For Faye and Joan, two exceptional women.

Re-release released by Tom Hilton on Aldora Britain Records (ABR-542).


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