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Tranquility (with Hollie Fullbrook)

from Tranquility (with Hollie Fullbrook) by The Phoenix Foundation

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Big thank you to Hollie Fullbrook

LUKE - Conrad has about 1000 tracks just sitting around waiting for Sam and I to put words to. Something about this one immediately got me, the space and quiet confidence of it. I wrote the lyrics and recorded these vocals in one session (very rare for me) at my German puppeteer neighbour Norbet’s house (Thanks Norbet). It’s great to reconnect with renowned NZ experimental music explorer and improvisor Jeff Henderson, who plays clarinet. The funny thing was that Sam recorded some clarinet on the track first and he said “I tried to play like Jeff.” and then when we got Jeff to play on it Jeff said “I liked what was on there so I tried to play like that”. So Jeff is trying to sound like Sam trying to sound like Jeff. The circle is complete.

SAM - Hollie has an amazing voice, she was amazing to record, just pulling cool ideas out of nowhere non-stop. Collaborating with amazing musicians on this album was a deliberate choice, to break us out of old habits.


With Hollie Fullbrook
And Jeff Henderson on Clarinet

Music Wedde // TPF
Words Buda

I remember a life
Left far behind the borderline
A different time
When the children were free
They carried no screens
When the water was clean
And we ruled the machines

My mind was a pool of tranquility
before the age of anxiety
got its grip on me

Won’t you take me back


from Tranquility (with Hollie Fullbrook), track released July 14, 2020
Conrad Wedde modular synthesis, calliope, electro drum programming, electric guitars. Jeff Henderson clarinet. Samuel Scott Arp Odyssey, occasional clarinet. Luke Buda vocals, moog. Hollie Fullbrook vocalsProduced by The Phoenix Foundation

Mixed by Lee Prebble at The Surgery, Wellington 2019.

Recorded by the band in their sheds, garages and bedrooms.
Additional recording by Samuel at Roundhead Studios (with Hugh Porter) and Red Wagon Studios (with Kerry Furlong), and by Lee Prebble at The Surgery.

Mastered by Mike Gibson at MUNKI

Cover photography
Ebony Lamb

Design and Layout
Paul Johnson


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The Phoenix Foundation Wellington, New Zealand

Since 2015’s GUYD The Phoenix Foundation have been writing, recording, touring with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, creating the acclaimed soundtrack for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, building shrines to light, creating scores for VR, producing other artists and baking sourdough. Now they are ready to release some more music into the swirling oblivion that is 2020. ... more

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