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Hill & Ray is a Berlin-based folk-rock duo made up of Jamie Hill and Peter Ray. They met in 2011 when Peter was recording his second album „444“. He invited Jamie to join him on some tracks and soon they were inseperable on and off-stage. The striking difference in age, character and styles (with Peter‘s rather rocky powerful voice and Jamie‘s softer folky singing) seems to have formed a productive foundation for their intense friendship-driven collaboration and led to the release of „Secret Garden“ in 2016. Since the beginnings, the duo has explored different styles coming from a rather puristic singer/songwriter tradition, then adding more complexity into their arrangements, influenced by country, folk, swing, pop and rock.
With Peter also being a professional audio engineer the duo has its own studio and is in total charge of recording and production. Using mostly vintage equipment from the 60ies and 70ies allows for a retro sound, without being constrained to a certain genre. „No limits, do what the song tells you to do“, is their motto. Still, their taste in music is inspired by Fleetwood Mac, The Dire Straits, J.J. Cale, and Shovels & Rope to name just a few. Handmade sounds, strong melodies and harmony vocals form Hill & Ray‘s musical fingerprint, especially in regard of their upcoming album „Serendipity“.
„A Long Way“ is now the first single of „Serendipity“ which will be released on December 13th, 2019.
I close the door and walk the street / Everybody’s dancing to a different beat
You’ve got yours, I‘ll find mine / It’s a long way
Tension‘s high, thoughts are deep / Tired in the morning cause I couldn’t sleep
Lying besides you all night / It’s a long way
My baby says you don’t need noone else / Your deepest grounds keep you from being sound
But we love to love and we know to cry / Hold someone in the middle of the night
It’s a long way
I’ve had so much but I can’t get enough / Everybody now is making copy paste love
Poor boy, shy guy / It’s a long way
Take your time while you look inside / Who laughs, who cries
I don’t know if I’m insane / It’s a long way
My baby says…
Hold on a minute stop that crying / Cause you know better, just look inside
Take it easy it’ll be alright / It’s a long way down into the light
My baby says…
I‘m crying ooooh
But we love to love and we know to cry
Hold someone in the middle of the night