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The Bats - Foothills Vinyl LP - direct audio

The Bats - Foothills Vinyl LP

Flying Nun Records

  • $ 1898


The Bats Foothills Vinyl LP

Spanning the last 38 years, New Zealand based band The Bats have clocked nine incredible albums; each one seeing the band evolve with new material from the prolific songwriting hand of Robert Scott. Their tenth full-length, Foothills was recorded in Spring 2018 at a country retreat pop-up studio. At that time, 15 songs were captured and immortalized in the Canterbury foothills of the Southern Alps, Aotearoa (New Zealand). Only too well, The Bats know the possibilities, potentialities and sonic vistas that arise when one takes the reins for the recording process in a beautiful place that's on home turf.

Scott, on the making of Foothills: "Time marches on... finally, we found a gap in our busy lives and chose a week to convene. We found a house that is usually inhabited by ski field workers – Kowai Bush, near Springfield about an hour west of Christchurch and of course nestled in the foothills of the mighty Southern Alps. The songs had been written, demo'd and arranged for some time, but still with a little room for trying things out in the studio.

Many carloads arrived at the house, full of amps guitars and recording gear, we set up camp and soon made it feel like home; coloured lights, a log fire, and home cooked meals in the kitchen. We worked fast, and within a few days had all the basic backing tracks done, live together in one room, the way we like to do it - it's all about ‘the feel' for songs like ours."

The Clean's Hamish Kilgour said the following on the record's first single "Warwick": "The enigmatic Roberto Scotti returns with the rollicking beat combo's rockin new single with trademark folky swervings. Yet another slyly understated would-be smash pop hit in that "other" perfect world! ‘Warwick' glides along with enigmatic' ambiguous, idiosyncratic lyrics astride a Batsian chug and jangle. Freshly minted and hot to trot for The Bats growing classic cannon. Bend your ears, listen in. Sit back, tap your feet, jump up, or possibly shuffle about to another sideways classic. ‘Warwick' is in the house!"

The Bats Foothills Track Listing:

1. Trade In Silence
2. Warwick
3. Beneath The Visor
4. Scrolling
5. Another Door
6. Red Car
7. Field of Vision
8. Change Is All
9. As You Were
10. Smaller Pieces
11. Gone to Ground
12. Electric Sea View


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