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Man​-​tra EP

by Cookie

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Lover of hard beats and fully paid up member of Crystal Palace Brass Band, Cookie makes a foray into more melancholy territory with this collection of tunes exploring loss, grief and memory. The 3 tracks share a fragile repeating piano phrase while each taking their own direction.

The first track was written in the mid 1990s after the sad passing of my mother-in-law. It contains the last recording I have of her, reciting Shakespeare lines that she remembered from school in Jamaica. The track lay dormant for years, but has been resurrected and reworked for this project. The artwork for the EP comes from a folder of my mother-in-law’s artwork; she was a life-long learner and was always drawing.

The second track was inspired by and uses a sample of a community choir singing a Tennyson poem, “Crossing the Bar”. I’m not sure of the tune’s composer, but I can only claim to have arranged and improvised over it.

The third track involved locking myself in a loft with lots of percussion with a view to capturing and recording the calm that comes with the acceptance of now.

The EP is dedicated to Evelyn Watson, one of The Windrush Generation, who will never be forgotten.


released July 2, 2020

All electronics, brass and percussion by Cookie.

Vocal samples on "The Man Who Has no Music" by the inimitable Evelyn Watson.

"Man at the Bar" contains samples from a recording of a performance by "Peckham Rye Sings" community choir and a reading taking from a clip on YouTube youtu.be/2sDsUNFCUuo I have no idea whose voice it is.

Artwork by Evelyn Watson




Spirit of Gravity Brighton, UK

Live electronic and experimental music, monthly.

Background photo: Jo Bramli playing Live at OXJAM Safehouse / Spirit of Gravity / Beatabet all dayer, The Rose Hill, Brighton, 15.10.2016
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