从97年买了他的第一把吉他,July Skies就一直是Antony Harding的个人乐队.03年起,另一支氛围后摇乐队Epic 45的成员Ben Holton和Rob Glover也常参与音乐录制与演出.July Skies的音乐正如其官网上所形容的“...70年代记忆的碎片...废弃的机场...无尽的童年夏日...穿过树叶斑斑点点的阳光...褪色的童真...灰色的英伦雨天...失踪的飞行员...记忆里一个模糊的微笑...”
继02年"Dreaming Of Spires"及04年的"The English Cold"两张专辑,和06年一张"Where The Days Go"的精选后,令人期待已久的新专"The Weather Clock"终于在08年面世.此次的新作早在06年秋天就已计划发行,全长版专辑则为十二曲并附赠一张7曲EP.限量三百张,仅在Make Mine Music网站订购.整张专辑延续了July Skies一贯简单、质朴的基调.极简的吉他碎拨,回旋缠绕的配乐,及鸟叫声等采样,营造出飘渺空灵的氛围.迷离,舒缓,如同其专辑封面上迷人的英伦村庄景色.
The sound of July Skies is about lost youth, fractured memories of the 1970’s, pylons across fields, abandoned airfields, endless childhood summers, dappled sunlight through leaves, forgotten England, the romance of the heavens well after closing time, countryside, mornings in May, ruins, faded innocence...
The Weather Clock has been in development for years, originally slated for release on Make Mine Music at least as far back as the fall of 2006, only to get pushed back time and again. But now it’s finally here, and it’s really more of the same from Harding and his collaborators (which includes members of Epic45).The beauty of the recently constructed regimented housing estates, fresh from the municipal architects drawing board.the green of front lawns against the blue of the summer sky.....it is the sound of the empty school hall once the summer holidays had commenced.... children playing on distant grassy hills far from the edge of the estate....faded branch line summers where steam met diesel.....the sound of swallows across the fields on a fresh dew drenched May morning.....the nothingness of days and afternoons….the innocence and lightness of a breeze through an open window, striking pastel patterns on curtains which billow….the sound of BBC closing down broadcasts during the daytime and displaying the TV test card for the afternoon, whilst the country continued to work, play or learn....this is the sound of The Weather Clock.
01. Afternoon Pips
02. Branch Line Summers Fade
03. Girl On The Hill
04. See Britain By Train
06. Holidays To Wales
07. Broadcasts For Autumn Term
08. One Morning In May
09. Distant Showers Sweep Across Norfolk Schools
10. Waiting For The Test Card
11. Skies For Nash
12. To My Love