Jadj is the debut album from Gary. Originally released in 2006, Jadj is an inspiring rollercoaster of audio wonders ranging from the beautiful and relaxing ‘R.E.W.’ through the summery ‘Mr and Mrs Absalom’ with its gentle nod to reggae, all the way to the screaming funk rock of ‘Kintu’s Mistake’ or ‘Subtle’. Along the way there are also glimpses of cool jazz and contemporary classical.
Soundtrack To Breathing (2013)
Gary’s 2013 release showcases his diverse compositional palette as he moves away from the jazz/rock/funk of Jadj into calmer waters.
Soundtrack To Breathing comprises five extended, ethereal compositions in a minimalist style, ideal for accompanying meditation, relaxation or other calming activities as well as being engaging works in their own right.
Restrop Wood (2015)
Gary Bamford’s third album sees him return to the contemporary jazz style of much of his debut Jadj album (co-produced with Jim Barr of Portishead, Get The Blessing etc.). On Restrop Wood (co-produced with Barr’s stablemate Jeff Spencer of Crocodile, Bristol Composers Collective etc.), he is reunited with tenor saxophonist and keyboard player Ruth Hammond. Largely reflective in mood, melancholic at times, many of the tracks are enhanced with samples and effects, but the emphasis remains throughout on composition, improvisation and symbiosis. The double disc CD features some beautiful artwork (by Gary and regular co-designer Ian Taylor) and also contains an extended final track.
An Account Of A Savage (2017)
Gary Bamford’s fourth release is a slightly edited version of his soundtrack to the Wrong Shoes Theatre Company’s devised piece An Account Of A Savage, which tells the story of a feral child’s experiences when she is found and ‘studied’ by two doctors. Stylistically, it ranges from dark, loop/delay-based soundscapes, through evocative melodic lullabies, to guitar-based, chaotic rock. An Account Of A Savage was performed, recorded, mixed and edited by Gary, with mastering by Gary and Stuart Rowe (Andy Partridge/XTC, The Future Sound Of London/Amorphous Androgynous, Shriekback, Paul Weller, Peter Blegvad etc.) of Lighterthief Studios.
God, Love And Other Myths (2017)
The fifth album from Gary Bamford is a trio affair, featuring Gary on keyboards, with long time friend and collaborator Rob Brian (Peter Gabriel, Goldfrapp, Jason Rebello, Simple Minds, Siouxsie Sioux, Michel Polnareff, Jim Mullen, Andy Partridge, Hugh Cornwell, Modern English, Innes Sibun) on drums, and new friend and pedals wizard Al Swainger (Pointless Beauty, Digby Fairweather, Snow Giants, Grice, The Art Trip, Annika Skoogh Quartet, Paul Jones, P.P. Arnold) on basses. In keeping with Gary’s previous four releases, the material is original, and in keeping with Gary’s usual form, the album bears little resemblance in style to his previous one. God, Love and Myths is largely groove based and was almost entirely recorded live, with a few edits here and there, and some necessary overdubs. There are elements of jazz, jazz-funk, funk-rock, free jazz, and drum and bass, and although keys/drums/bass are at the core of this record, fans of electronica and fat synth bass lines won’t come away disappointed.
The Unbinding (2018)
Gary Bamford’s 6th album is an edited, remixed and remastered version of the soundtrack to The Unbinding, his second collaboration with Wrong Shoes Theatre Company. The piece (devised from historical accounts of witches from Wiltshire and further afield) tells the story of four women accused of witchcraft, locked together in a church basement, awaiting their sentence. The score, largely featuring string quintet, centres around the four characters’ themes, which appear in various guises, intensities, layers etc.. Expect a 1970s horror soundtrack with 21st century sensibilities and occasional nods to jazz, Brian Eno and Tom Waits.
The Imminent Assassination of President Donald J. Trump
“The Imminent Assassination of President Donald J. Trump” is Gary’s first download-only, non-album release, and is the first produced solely by him. It draws on many aspects of his various writing styles (scored string orchestra, experimental synths, dark piano harmonies, delay effects, improvisation) and was inspired, amongst other things, by his deep concern over the rising global tide of right wing political parties.