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Lines Overheard At A Seance

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Lines Overheard at a Séance began life as an improvisation for last year’s 50/90 songwriting challenge. I turned on the keyboard, sat down and began to play. The only decision I made beforehand was that I was going to start on a slightly unusual chord: D/C#

Before long I had the rising bassline and out of kilter chords. The lyrics came to me at the same time, exactly as you hear them on the recording – in fact I’ve only ever played and sung this song once: everything you hear from vocals to piano to bass is all one take and semi-improvised.


There’s a red red room that I can remember
With a clawing branch right outside the window
And I’m not breaking down

On a cold cold night I saw something evil
Turned the red red walls a deep shade of grey
And I’m not breaking down

Won’t you tell me where the last one is?
There are ghosts in my dreams,
But I can’t hear them


from Spinning The Compass (2016 remaster), released February 3, 2016


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A latter-day Victorian street-theatre barker with a guitar promising tales of mystery, imagination, ‘orrible murders and bloody great waving tentacles’ is how Tom Slatter has been described. Since 2010 he has been scaring audiences with five albums and numerous EPs of storytelling songs. ... more

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