Hey! Here’s mixtape 12. This one’s called Campfire Sounds. Music for escaping the big black smoke. Built for listening round a campfire, beneath the stars. Sounds for swishing toes in a cool clear stream or sitting in the dappled sun thinking about nothing.

I can’t help but recall my sister & I pitching camp in our back garden on a balmy Summer evening – East of Ealing – with a small orange tent, beakers filled with squash, taking turns on a Speak & Spell covered in snail trails.

 Making this tape felt like a ‘Wonder Years’ style re-run of some music I’ve always lived with, without ever really listening to; it’s the sound of many summers gone-by; flooded with folk singers, protest songs & 70s songwriters. Most of these sounds come from a clutch of LPs belonging to my mum that started me out listening to records. I’ve spent a long time seeking out more obscure sounds, but there’s comfort in these tracks, all rolled up neatly into 1 hour.

Listen on Spotify. You’ll need to imagine slotting a TDK C-90 cassette into the deck as you head out on the road. Enjoy the wonders of the wild & the soulful solitude it can bring. I hope you like it. Phill


Summer Morning - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
Mud Slide Slim – James Taylor
I Must Be In A Good Place Now – Bobby Charles
Way Over Yonder – Carole King
One Of These Days – Paul McCartney
Malibu People – John Phillips
River Song – Dennis Wilson
Country Air – The Beach Boys
Crimson & Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
Sweet Thing – Van Morrison
Suzanne – Leonard Cohen
You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere – Bob Dylan & The Band
Wind, Sky, Sea and Sand – Lee Hazlewood
Lazy Old Sun – The Kinks
Everybody’s Gotta Live – Love
Satisfied Mind – Jonathan Richman

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