Side-Line premiere: In The Nursery present ‘Suvla Bay (The Cavalryman)’ Remembrance Day video

In The Nursery interview:'When I listen back to the recordings - it’s like a time capsule.'

(Photo by Chris Saunders) Today is Armistice Day and the Humberstone twinbrother aka In The Nursery are issuing a Remembrance Day video at 11am UK on Friday morning. But we were given the opportunity to premiere it a bit earlier.

“Suvla Bay (The Cavalryman)”, taken from the brilliant “Humberstone” album (see our recent In The Nursery interview), was inspired by their great uncle, who served with the City of London Yeomanry as part of the Gallipoli campaign in WW1. The video is centred around a letter sent to his parents detailing his harrowing experiences. Thomas Squire survived the Gallipoli campaign but later received injuries from which he died on 30th November 1917 in Cairo, Egypt. He was 24.

The piece is based around a recording of one of their old synthesizers detuning itself and is accompanied by improvised cello and choir. The duo says: “Although the recording of the Korg MS20 detuning itself appears random, it actually descends in tonal increments that were then converted to MIDI in order to give a notational guide for cellist Liz Hanks. She was given suggestions to explore the Shepard tone and ascending scales, but was also allowed free reign to improvise and respond to the audio. Her cello work features drones, wolf notes, tremolo and high harmonics.”

Below is the video.



Since you’re here …

… we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading Side-Line Magazine than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help.

Side-Line’s independent journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we want to push the artists we like and who are equally fighting to survive.

If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as 5 US$, you can support Side-Line Magazine – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.

The donations are safely powered by Paypal.

Select a Donation Option (USD)

Enter Donation Amount (USD)

Alternatively you can also donate using Cryptocurrency if you want to donate just once.