inside your guitar
4ad records, april 2009
cad2830lp / cad2830cd
12" / cd / mp3

  1. q 4:32
  2. work day 2:59
  3. don't know 3:43
  4. forgotten song 4:02
  5. soon 4:50
  6. back down 2:55
  7. unaware 3:24
  8. remember 3:16
  9. now + again 2:07
  10. look out 2:36
  11. rehearsal 6:01
  12. anytime 3:06 (japan only)
  13. horses 3:34 (japan only)

words & songs by matthew simms / music by it hugs back.
recorded & mixed by it hugs back in the record room, spring & summer 2008.
additional engineering on 'forgotten song' by joe watson at instant zero.
mastered by sean magee at abbey road studios, august 2008.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

matthew simms: guitar, singing, synth, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, and other noises;
jack theedom: electric organ, singing, pianet, synth, guitar, piano, harmonium and stylophone.
paul michael: bass, alto saxophone and vibraphone.
dimitri sudell: drums, glockenspiel and percussion.

additional musicians:
verity susman, tenor saxophone.
natalie witts, trombone.
john eacott, trumpet.

laughing party
may 7th 2012
safe & sound records
sands006
cd / mp3

  1. the big e 15:07
  2. no on should know 3:40
  3. massachusetts 5:19
  4. half american 3:46
  5. grown old 5:28
  6. sit tight 3:56
  7. strange noise 4:13
  8. happy 3:06
  9. times square 9:31
  10. melting 5:58
  11. never get tired 2:58
  12. all in one day 2:05

words & songs by matthew simms except:
#2, #6, #7 by matthew simms & jack theedom.
#10 by matthew simms, jack theedom & paul michael
music performed, recorded & mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, 2010 & 2011.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

matthew simms: guitar, singing, synth, drums, keyboards, and other noises;
jack theedom: keyboards, singing, guitar, synth, bass.
paul michael: bass, guitar, alto saxophone.
will blackaby: drums and 'vibes'

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recommended record
april 29th 2013
safe & sound records
sands009
12" lp / cd / mp3

  1. sa sa sa sails 2:48
  2. go magic 2:25
  3. sometimes 3:22
  4. piano drone 5:15
  5. big sighs 1:50
  6. teenage hands 2:18
  7. lower 4:07
  8. waiting room 4:32
  9. skateboard rhythm 6:12
  10. recommended record 2:04

words & songs by matthew simms
music performed, recorded & mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, april - november 2012.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

scream by lily
lawn mower by julia
engine noise by the monster

record room 2
november 2009, safe & sound records
sands002
limited cd [100 copies]

  1. standards 5:09
  2. meltdown 4:48
  3. stand up 3:12
  4. both sides of the sun 10:00

words & songs by matthew simms.
music by it hugs back.
recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, 2009.
artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

the record room: first four singles
2009, too pure records
pure230
cd / mp3

  1. other cars go 6:38
  2. little steps 3:01
  3. early evening 2:53
  4. saving 3:38
  5. carefully 2:31
  6. sometimes the sun 3:12
  7. lights in the trees 2:30
  8. soft spot 1:39

songs written by matthew simms, except 'sometimes the sun' by matthew simms & dimitri sudell.
music by it hugs back.

recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent.
mastered by sean magee at abbey road studios.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

laughing party bonus ep
2012
safe & sound records
sands007
limited cd [100 copies]

  1. laughing party 10:13
  2. tom tom tom 4:00
  3. better escape (song for lowgold) 2:59
  4. soft moon 8:06

track 1, 2 & 4 written by matthew simms & jack theedom
track 3 written by matthew simms

recorded, mixed and mastered by it hugs back in the record room, kent.

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recommended record bonus ep
april 29th 2013
safe & sound records
sands009
cd / mp3

  1. rhythm of three
  2. sun
  3. you must have crossed my mind

words & songs by matthew simms except:
"you must have crossed my mind", written by Thomas J. Marolda
music performed, recorded & mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, april - november 2012.

the big e
2011, safe & sound records
sands004
orange cassette [50 copies]

  1. the big e 15:07
  2. massachusetts 5:19
  3. never get tired 2:58

songs written by matthew simms.
music, recording and mixing by it hugs back in the record room, kent.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

now + again
2009, 4ad records
ad2836
7" single [1000 copies]

  1. now + again 2:07
  2. both arms 3:30

songs written by matthew simms.
music, recording and mixing by it hugs back in the record room, kent.

mastered by sean magee at abbey road, london.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

work day
2008, 4ad records
ad2816
7" single [1000 copies]

  1. work day 2:59
  2. take apart 2:35

songs written by matthew simms.
music, recording and mixing by it hugs back in the record room, kent.

additional recording on 'take apart' by joe watson at instant zero, bordeaux.
mastered by sean magee at abbey road, london.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

stomach worm / wolfie
2008, too pure records
pure222s
7" split single [500 copies]

  1. it hugs back stomach worm
  2. ray rumours wolfie

'stomach worm' written by laetitia sadier & tim gane.
'wolfie' written by scout niblett.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee and marina casals.

other cars go
2008, too pure records
pure228
7" single [1000 copies]

  1. other cars go 6:38
  2. little steps 3:01

words & songs by matthew simms.
music by it hugs back.
recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent.
mastered by sean magee at abbey road studios.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

early evening
2007, too pure records
pure213s
7" single [500 copies]
3rd 7" of the too pure singles club.

  1. early evening 2:53
  2. saving 3:38

words & songs by matthew simms.
music by it hugs back.
recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent.
mastered by geoff pesche at abbey road studios.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

carefully
2007, safe & sound records
sands001
7" single [500 copies]

  1. carefully 2:31
  2. sometimes the sun 3:12

'carefully' written by matthew simms.
'sometimes the sun' written by matthew simms & dimitri sudell.
music by it hugs back.
recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent.
mastered by colm o'rourke.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

additional musicians:
frances macadam, flute
john eacott, trumpet.
karoline, trombone.

lights in the trees
2006, tiger trap records
grrr6
7" single [1000 copies]

  1. lights in the trees 2:30
  2. soft spot 1:39

words & songs by matthew simms.
performed and recorded by it hugs back, in the record room, kent. january to june 2006

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee.

happy christmas 2012
2012
limited cd [25 copies]

  1. snow falls
  2. snow angels
  3. snow globe

performed, recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, november 2012.

all songs written by matthew simms

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee

happy christmas 2011
2011
limited cd [25 copies]

  1. space is the place 6:48
  2. christmas falls 3:06
  3. who loves the snow? 2:00
  4. christmas alone in space 3:07
  5. it's christmas time 2:39

performed, recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, october/november 2011.

'space is the place' written by sun ra.
'it's christmas time' written by alton abraham & sun ra.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee

happy christmas 2010!
2010
limited cd [100 copies]

  1. ding dong ding dong [george harrison] 2:30
  2. christmas in stars hollow [matthew simms] 1:13
  3. happy xmas (war is over) [lennon & ono] 4:09
  4. dear santa [hudson, starkey & dudas] 2:13
  5. sometimes it's christmas [matthew simms] 4:26
  6. wonderful christmas time [paul mccartney] 3:14

performed, recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, november/december 2010.

artwork by ffi ffi mon chee chee

happy christmas 2009!
2009
limited mp3 download

  1. christmas at the zoo [the flaming lips] 2:53
  2. sometimes it's santa [it hugs back] 5:57

performed, recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, november/december 2009.

artwork by matthew simms.

happy christmas 2008!
2009
limited mp3 download

  1. christmas wish [written by nrbq] 3:31
  2. sometimes the snow 4:56

performed, recorded and mixed by it hugs back in the record room, kent, november/december 2008.

artwork by matthew simms & jack theedom.

this is fear of theydon

12" vinyl / mp3 download

  1. the mount cherries vs. fear of theydon – disxotek suixide
  2. olympus mons – ok on my own (fear of theydon mix)
  3. it hugs back – soft spot (fear of theydon's extra whizz extended mix)
  4. grand national 'rub your potion' (fear of theydon mix)

the best kids christmas album in the world ever ever!!!
2007, kids records
kids011
cd / mp3 download

  1. kids allstars merry xmas everybody
  2. oppenheimer christmas (baby please come home)
  3. it hugs back christmas on the square
  4. the wombats is this christmas?
  5. might six ninety white christmas
  6. the young playthings whaddaya want for christmas?
  7. west end girls always on my mind
  8. findlay brown last christmas
  9. popular workshop christmas wrapping
  10. sam ellioet walking in a white christmas
  11. captain kidd boxing day ride

total loss farm: a weekend in the life
2007, trash aesthetics
tacd002
cd

  1. john george cooper lately
  2. the colonies having you on
  3. wet pait by myself
  4. the tailors yo! scarlett
  5. napoleon iii kate's song
  6. the old house room ours to dispel truths
  7. the julian donkey boy fixing to mend
  8. joeyfat d'ye ken
  9. radio lxnbrg minor third in me
  10. treecreeper (will burns) subside
  11. avida dollars blood mountain
  12. lawarence arabia the kinds of feelings that happen on summer beaches
  13. it hugs back feet in the sand
  14. mi mye beginning of winter ep
  15. rosie taylor quartet the sun on my right
  16. fireworks night black eye
  17. the tap collective idle hands

that horse yonder: the songs of sparklehorse
2007, slight records.
limited cd (