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Dust of Falling Stars - EP

Greenwood & Horn

Ramrock Records
RRR029 | 2022-06-17  
Ramrock Red Records are beyond happy to be releasing Greenwood & Horn’s debut single, ‘Dust of Falling Stars’ on June 17th. Born during lockdown, this ethereal chugger would be something that Mr Weatherall would’ve had on his radar. It grabs you by your collar from the opening bars and shakes you firmly into listening to Ian’s beautiful production with Ali’s vocals floating effortlessly over the bass and melody and imagining yourself bathed in eternal summer sunshine at a happening just beyond the perimeter of your mind. The North Street West crew take the track and raise the tempo by a couple of BPMs with Darren Morris adding his keyboard chemistry, Jo Wallace on arrangement and Daddy Ash on the drum machine. Suddenly, you’re on the White Isle in the shimmering heat, moving in perfect time to the Balearic beat and never wanting it to end.

Back in the 70’s, you’ll find a young Winsford born Ian Greenwood sharing a bedroom with his much older uncle listening to Northern Souls classics, with his older sister in the room next door singing into a hairbrush to Motown classics…fast forward to his first band Sunset Over Berlin who later became Day Without Rain which gave Greenwood his first real taste of the music business when the band found themselves in the world-famous Amazon Studio’s recording their first EP ‘The Way She Was’ with John Murphy (Thomas Lang) on production duty. Then came a stint with Widnes Indie band 35 Summers who went on to sign to RCA Records and released two singles, ‘Really Down’ and ‘I Didn’t Try and also having the accolade of doing not one but two John Peel sessions. Ian then joined Wirral Indie band Fishmonkeyman and it was with them that Greenwood cut his production teeth, experimenting with electronic music, a collaboration with Chameleons drummer, John Lever and building his home studio named AM studios. Ian produced his own house productions under various disguises such as Oscar Le Mons and Damoon and going on to manage Liverpudlian group, The Sugarmen. Mick Jones of The Clash was such a huge fan of the band that he produced their debut album at Paul Weller Rockfield studio. Over the next five years Greenwood invested heavily in his home studio and was pondering his next career move when lockdown came along, and he started writing music + producing again. Keen to find the right vocalist to accompany his work Greenwood called up the bass player from The Sugarmen, Ali Horn – and so the ‘Greenwood & Horn’ story begins….

Ali Horn picks up the story: “I actually first met Ian when he was managing The Sugarmen in Liverpool over 10 years ago – crazy!!! I think we'd been aware of each other’s projects since then and then lockdown was the perfect time for a collaboration”. Ali was born in London, raised in Liverpool and has been playing music as long as he can remember. He’s been integral part of many influential bands such as Strange Collective, The Sugarmen and Post Romantics, Horn knows his way around a hazy, laid back tune and has found just the right balance between slices of Surf, Psychedelia, Folk and Alt-Indie in his musical output and vocal delivery. Having released his debut E.P. ‘It Wears Off’ in December 2019, Ali spent the majority of 2020 documenting, writing and recording his debut album ‘Balcony Boys’, which hit the shelves on the 16th July 2021 via Loominance Records, a label that Horn set up with a couple of friends. His music is a firm favourite of BBC Radio Merseyside’s Dave Monks, BBC Radio 6’s Liz Kershaw with sessions for BBC Introducing and BBC Wales and featured on Tom Robinson’s 6Music ‘Fresh on the Net’.

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