1. Round The Blue
4. Everyone We Knew
Written & produced by George Moorey & Shane Young. Artwork by Eloise Hopkins
We didn’t set out with the intention of writing about Covid19 and the lockdown, but these 4 pieces came out of the emotional and physical impact of the early weeks of the unfolding story.
We knew plenty of people who’d been ill. George wasn’t particularly well, and Shane couldn’t sing while the virus bashed his lungs about, but as a result, it has authenticity, if nothing else. A couple of new spoken word pieces also came along while the singing voice recovered.
We’d heard from friends about elderly relatives who hadn’t made it, and about the effects of social distancing on families denied the opportunity to say goodbye. At time of writing, it’s far from over. We’re all too conscious of the long-term effects on our physical and psychological wellbeing, while still unable to comfort each other in the physical ways to which we’re so accustomed.
Our songwriting process begins with George sketching out a piano piece, quickly recording it and emailing it to Shane. If Shane is inspired, he’ll set about writing lyrics and melody and bat it back to George who will make additions, often with acoustic guitar, and it’ll go back to Shane again. This back and forth process eventually sees the song and arrangement take shape.
Thanks to George’s foresight, he had dropped off some carefully-sanitised pro recording gear at Shane’s the day before official lockdown began, meaning we were able to produce everything from our separate homes to a high-enough standard for release.
We are particularly honoured to have Eloise in charge of artwork. We love collaborating, especially with people so brilliant they make us look better! Eloise has given us a written insight into her thought process, and the practical aspects of the creative process that led to her gorgeous contribution to the project.
by Eloise Hopkins
I’ve been pondering my own artistic response to the Lockdown we find ourselves in and George & Shane’s tracks have helped to focus that. The images I’ve created for this project are all digital collages using scans of gel prints that I’ve previously made. There's a lot of layering and then rubbing away to see what is revealed beneath. I love the process! The images have different styles but have all been made the same way using the same ingredients. And there is a gold thread that runs through each of them.