more from
The Leaf Label
We've updated our Terms of Use. You can review the changes here.

Nightports w/ Tom Herbert

by Nightports w/ Tom Herbert

/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Available as 24-bit 96kHz digital download
    Purchasable with gift card

      £5.99 GBP  or more

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    CD in 6-panel wallet. Limited to 600 copies.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Nightports w/ Tom Herbert via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 600 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £7.99 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited edition black vinyl LP in intricate die-cut sleeve, designed by Split.

    Sales taxes will be added by Bandcamp where applicable.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Nightports w/ Tom Herbert via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 3 days
    edition of 600 
    Purchasable with gift card

      £16.99 GBP or more 

     

1.
Hibernal 04:33
2.
Eye to Eye 03:34
3.
Defeat 02:00
4.
October 03:09 video
5.
Inhabit 05:11
6.
Arcs 03:50 video
7.
Lumin 04:40
8.
9.
Vacancy 04:05
10.
Given 02:35

about

Nightports w/ Tom Herbert is the third in a series of albums from musician-producers Adam Martin and Mark Slater to be released on The Leaf Label, following 2018’s Nightports w/ Matthew Bourne and 2020’s Nightports w/ Betamax.

Tom Herbert made his name as the bass player in Mercury Music Prize-nominated bands Polar Bear and The Invisible, and has become an in-demand collaborator and session musician, including work with Adele, Lana Del Ray and most recently The Smile. Having honed his craft holding the low-end down in some of the most forward-thinking British groups of recent times, and also appearing on some the biggest tracks of the last twenty years, Nightports w/ Tom Herbert brings Herbert’s command of the double bass into the spotlight.

As with all of Nightports’ work, the album rewards close listening. They stay true to their manifesto in maintaining the essence of the original recordings. The processing never masks the organic source material, at times demonstrating the physicality of the instrument with detailed recordings of complete takes - the sound of the room, the creaking of strings and Herbert’s measured breathing. At other times they build more abstract, atmospheric layers from the parts.

“Through our collaboration, we wanted to show different sides to the instrument and reveal the real details of Tom's playing,” Slater observes. “In our approach, we wanted to highlight all that the double bass is and can be, and to put it centre stage.”

Nightports and Tom Herbert ably demonstrate the versatility of the double bass. It’s an instrument that rarely gets the main focus in an ensemble, but one of the most striking aspects of the album is the emotional resonance in Herbert’s articulate melodic lines. “The improvisations that built the album were always highly emotive to us,” Martin explains. “It was special to watch Tom just pull these ideas out of thin air and play them into the silence of the studio. It then became our challenge to create sonic worlds for them to inhabit.”

In seeking to spotlight virtuosic musical talents, Nightports also continue to hone their own craft. As their reputation grows there’s a confidence to approach their work with a lighter touch, and it serves their subjects well. As Tom Herbert puts it “when I heard it back, it sounds like I imagine I sound in my dreams.” While Nightports’ rules may at first appear restrictive, they’re mining an increasingly rich seam.

credits

released May 13, 2022

Original performances by Tom Herbert
Recorded on December 18th 2019 at the Total Refreshment Centre, London
Original recording engineered by Kristian Craig Robinson
All tracks produced and mixed by Adam Martin and Mark Slater
Mastered by Eric James at Philosophers Barn Mastering

All tracks written by Tom Herbert, Adam Martin and Mark Slater
Published by Mute Song/copyright control

Artwork by Oli Bentley, Split
Photography by Adam Martin

license

all rights reserved

tags

about

Nightports Leeds, UK

Nightports is based on a simple but unbreakable rule of restriction: only sounds produced by the featured musician can be used. Nothing else. These sounds can be transformed, distorted, translated, processed and reprocessed, stretched, cut, ordered and reordered without limitation. ... more

contact / help

Contact Nightports

Streaming and
Download help

Redeem code

Report this album or account

Nightports recommends:

If you like Nightports w/ Tom Herbert, you may also like: