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Gently Johnny

by Crawling for Carrion

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I'd only seen The Wicker Man for the first time a few years ago. I loved the film instantly and the song Gently Johnny really got me when I first heard it. It's a beautiful haunting melody and I wanted to make a version of it emphasising that melody.

I experimented with replacing all instruments and vocals with just clean bass guitar to build up the layers of the song.

The result is a mellow ambient piece.

Later on I did the same with the song Misty Mountains from the (fairly terrible) film The Hobbit. As soon as I heard the song I knew it would work in this format.

In between the two songs I actually started working on an all bass guitar version of Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield but a brief moment of sanity put paid to that. Maybe one day I'll get back to it.

The artwork for Misty Mountains is a photograph I took in Italy and the artwork for Gently Johnny was made by Dominic Sohor and I absolutely love it.


released September 4, 2020


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Giganto Records serves as a platform to release the music written and recorded by UK multi-instrumentalist Chris West. Most of the music involves an amplified guitar of some kind and all of the music is in the pursuit of heavy. Whatever that may be.

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