The so-called “people’s tenor” from 1927 (Count John McCormack), singing about losing his lover. An 80-year-old woman reminiscing about post-war rationing. An amateur astronomer explaining an equinox. A woman on the phone in a call centre in Hull.
This all is the world of Andrew Phillips and Marcus O’Dair they present us in their debut album 1 Inch/ 1/2 Mile.
Recorded impulsively (and sometimes secretly) on mobile phones, sampled from vinyl, or old films, it was characters such as these that originally inspired the music of Grasscut. Composed on a laptop on trains and tour buses around the country, then finished in a home studio in Brighton.