As It Grows Dark / Light


  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    As It Grows Dark / Light is my second album, produced together with my friend Guy Massey (Spiritualized, The Beatles, Bill Fay). I'm immensely proud of what we've made and hope you like listening to it. I've pressed a run of 500, which come wrapped in the incredible artwork created by Drømsjel for the album. Digital download is included and the vinyl edition includes a bonus track which you won't find anywhere else.

    **Pre-orders are at special price of £20 and will be shipped for release day on 26th June 2020.**

    Includes unlimited streaming of As It Grows Dark / Light via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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It's Real 07:26
There is a wind of spite that chills There is a song-less sky of still If I were struggling for breath, who’d clasp me close? Who’d bear my breathing As I gasped in death? There is a dark that light can’t kill Within the blinding fear it fills If I were huddling for warmth, who’d clean my clothes? Who’d share their blankets? Or would I freeze alone? This is not difficult or radical This is fundamental. This is pivotal. This is the most important: Be kind Be gentle Be mild, be simple Be patient, be peaceful But above all else, be kind There is a thirst no substance can quench There is a hunger that will not be silent If you were famished, your children unfed Who’d sit you down to share their table? Who would share their bread? This is not difficult or radical This is fundamental. This is critical. This is the single most important: Be kind Be gentle Be mild, be simple Be patient, be peaceful But above all be kind Be humble Show mercy, show caring Don’t hate or hide, Don’t let fears divide Above all else, Above all else, Be kind


Released on 26 June 2020, on Wow & Flutter records.
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released June 26, 2020

All tracks written by Fran O’Hanlon
Produced by Guy Massey and Fran O’Hanlon
Mixed and engineered by Guy Massey. Assistant engineering by John Prestage (AIR), Felix Rashman (Sleeper Sounds), Sam Grant & John Martindale (Blank), Matt Jaggar (Konk), Ion Metsovitis. Orchestral arrangements by Fran O’Hanlon (except ‘I’ve Known Your Heart’, by Sally Herbert).
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy and Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road. Vinyl pressed at The Vinyl Factory.

Artwork and design by Drømsjel.
Typography by Paul Burgess.

(P) and (C) 2019 AJIMAL under exclusive license to Wow & Flutter Music.

Thanks to Guy, Mum, Dad, Mike, Sarah, Mick Ross, Joe Frankland, Valentine Woodham, Becca Gatrell, Mark Broughton, David Littlefair, Lucy & Will Morris, Focusrite, Will Evans, Hinako Omori, Angus Kemp, Peef, Justin Levy, Alex MacKenzie. Thanks to Focusrite and PRS Foundation.

Strings - Sally Herbert, Rachel Robson, Tom Piggott Smith, Vicky Matthews, Oliver Hopkins, Ian Burdge
Brass - Creative Sessions
Harp - Emily Hoile
Flute - Hinako Omori
Additional guitar and programming by Guy Massey. ‘I’ve Known Your Heart’ also features Mark Broughton (piano and vocals), Ben Helm (bass) & Matt Hardy (drums).


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“Soporific, pianistic folk...displaying a charmingly earnest approach.” The Fly

"A new benchmark for sensitive pop in 2013"

Ajimal is the solo project for Newcastle’s Fran O’Hanlon – a collaborative ‘in-ear experiment’ with the aim of writing about the interplay between ideas from music, medicine, art, ideas, literature, science and stories.
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