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A rich folk flower carried by Asthmatic Harp’s emotive vocal and a delicate acoustic guitar with a character full bass clarinet gently weaving in and out between subtle synthesisers, percussion, tinkling piano notes and the sound of rain. It is like a perfect sonic marriage between Joanna Newsom’s wonderfully strange sound world and the soothing, pure tones of Laura Marling.

Five Day Forecast meditates on the unpredictability of the weather and twists life sometimes takes like sudden Pandemics and drone sightings over airports. It forecasts stormy weather and “strong winds soon to batter Britain again” which, for a song that was written pre-Covid-19, reverberates with an unnervingly accurate prediction of what was coming. “Do you have to rush round’ to succeed?”, Asthmatic Harp sings reflecting on how our busy lifestyles and toxic productivity might just make us miss out on life’s simple pleasures like an interesting conversation with a stranger at a junction waiting for the lights to change.

“I wrote Five Day Forecast after a number of experiences of strangers approaching me in surprising ways in public spaces. There was the cyclist who pulled up next to me at a junction, asking me if I was ready to crash out of the European Union or the chap on the tube who started telling me about his girlfriend who was part of a circus troupe”

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Lyrics: Five Day Forecast

Small talk by a bus stop
I was just pretending to be me
It is tricky
Two stops that is just enough
time to sit and hum in solitude
Or time to meet someone new

Five day forecast
Winds are sweeping past
Fast strong winds
Soon to batter Britain again

No chance for the sun to dance
Rainy grainy look out on the streets
They need sweeping
But you’re fine there is still time
Do you have to rush round’ to succeed
I don’t think you need to

Five day forecast
Winds are sweeping past
Fast strong winds
Soon to batter Britain again

It stayed mild throughout the week
Against my predictions
Against all odds we were speaking

Five day forecast
Winds are sweeping past
Fast strong winds
Soon to batter Britain again

credits

from Things We Learned to Live With, track released September 9, 2020
Lyrics/Music: Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones

Vocal, Acoustic Guitar: Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones
Synth, BV's: Ruth Shave
Bass Clarinet: Heather Ryall
Percussion: Kendall Perry
Piano: Julia Koelmans

Mix/Master: Green Door Studio, Glasgow
Supported by Help Musicians UK

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Asthmatic Harp Glasgow, UK

“A delightfully playful slice of alt-folk pitched somewhere between Regina Spektor’s characterful delivery and Laura Marling’s near-perfect tones.”
Asthmatic Harp is the musical moniker of Glasgow based songwriter and composer Hannah Fredsgaard-Jones.

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