|2011 Studio album by Van der Graaf Generator
Format: CD / Cat No: EVDGCD1001 / Released: 14/03/2011
Track Listing: 1. YOUR TIME STARTS NOW / 2. MATHEMATICS / 3. HIGHLY STRUNG / 4. RED BARON / 5. BUNSHO / 6. SNAKE OIL / 7. SPLINK / 8. EMBARRASING KID / 9. MEDUSA / 10. Mr. SANDS / 11. SMOKE / 12. 5533 / 13. ALL OVER THE PLACE
More information: The new Van Der Graaf Generator album, A Grounding In Numbers, is the band's 12th studio record and is their first since 2008.
In April 2010 Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans met up for intensive tracking sessions in Cornwall, arranging, rehearsing and recording the album in a week. Some of the pieces were already fully-formed songs; others, even at this stage, remained more sketches than fully realised works. Over the next months the tracks were overdubbed, edited and adapted by the band in their own studios. By September the project was ready to be mixed. Legendary producer Hugh Padgham agreed to take on this part of the process - the first time anyone outside the band had been entrusted such responsibility. After three weeks in Hughs London studio, Sofasound (which shares its name with Peters original home set-up), A Grounding in Numbers was completed. With a fantastic clarity and depth of sound and a helter-skelter stretch of tunes, A Grounding... sees VDGG pushing ever further forward into the twenty first century. Clearly, they know they're a group with a certain history - but they are also an emphatically modern one.