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Waiting Rooms

by Samantha Whates

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Cinema Song 03:20
Old Coat 04:11
Dark Waters 02:39
Sailors 04:48
Guilty 04:39


Most songs are conceived while we are in transit. At the beginning, or end, of a journey to somewhere, with someone. Anticipating, dreading, dreaming of, hoping, waiting for change. Whates` ambitious aim was to record in the surroundings where such thoughts take root. Live, on location, no overdubs. Traveling to the waiting rooms of a Victorian ferry terminal, Great Ormond`s Street Hospital, disused prison cells - haunted by the buzz of their former occupants - and train stations - both operational, or Grade 2-listed and closed to the public. The sessions involving a collective of seventeen friends - on acoustic and electric guitar, cello, clarinet, double bass, harmonica, lute, percussion, piano - prepared or otherwise - shruti, and viola. With recordings confined, due to spacial and locational logistics, to arrangements of between two and five players. It wasn’t possible to get a piano on that boat to the Isle Of Bute, or down into Loughton Tube after midnight.

Whates` songs on Waiting Rooms concern themselves with folk. Everyday stories, here performed in everyday places. Old Coat is a winter of romance-gone-wrong remembered. The protagonist of Sometimes Something seems overwhelmed by the aches of love, and life. Dark Waters finds them trying to come to terms with self, and self-loathing, and the salvation that can come from the heart of another. Sailors is a metaphor for all those in fragile but determined vessels afloat on the seas of chance. Guilty is bruised by spiteful slights. The Rehearsal, a blues harp skiffle shuffle dedicated to mistakes, apologies, and the need to start over. Daylight Savings, appropriately autumnal. I Love My Life both opens and closes the album. The first take, a defiant statement. The second, a slow, sad but hopeful waltz. Whates` voice is magical throughout. Flights of angelic improvisation, with a touch of Joni (Mitchell) in the high notes. Committing to tape unique recordings, that more than anything set down in a studio, capture a moment in time. Pieces full of memories. Not just those penned in the lyrics, but also of the space, the architecture, the high-ceiling-ed reverb, the strip-lighting hum. The performance. Passing trains. The journey there and back.


released November 1, 2019

All songs written and performed by Samantha Whates
With arrangements by Douglas Whates 2,3,4,5,6,10 Jamie Doe: 1&11 Rhia Parker: 7
Daisy Palmer: 9
Samantha Whates - Vocals: all, Acoustic Guitar: 2,4,8,9,10 & Electric Guitar: 5
Douglas Whates - Double Bass: 5&8, Electric Bass: 3,9 & 10, Shruti: 6
Barny Rockford - Percussion: 3&10
Chris Hyson - Double Bass: 1&11
Daisy Palmer - Percussion & BV’s: 9
Danielle Jalowiecka - Recorder: 7
Dave Hamblet - Percussion: 1&11
Feargus Hetherington - Viola: 2&4
Jamie Akers - Lute: 6
Jamie Doe - Nylon String Guitar 1&11
Jesse Richards - Percussion: 5
Joshua Davenport - Electric Guitar: 9
Rhia Parker - Recorder: 7
Tara Franks - Cello: 7
Thomas Gibbs - Piano & Clarinet: 2&4
Will Pound - Harmonica: 10
Zac Gvi - Clarinet:1&11
Produced, Recorded, Edited & Mixed by Douglas Whates
Mastered by Tom Leader

Cover Image: Julius Beltrame
Design: Douglas Whates


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