Little Black Numbers

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Little Black Numbers
Studio album by Kathryn Williams
Released 2000
Recorded 2000
Genre Folk
Length 43:52 (Europe/Australia)
Label Caw Records
Kathryn Williams chronology
Dog Leap Stairs
Little Black Numbers
Old Low Light
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Allmusic 4.5/5 starslink

Little Black Numbers is the second studio album by Kathryn Williams released by Caw Records in 2000 in the United Kingdom. The phrase "Little Black Numbers" often refers to underwear, but in this case seems to reflect the fact that several of these songs take a dark view at human nature. "We Came Down From the Trees" is a brief history of the human species, depicted as a malign animal. "We Dug a Hole" refers to the psychological place where people hide - a security blanket. Cellist Laura Reid brings a "Nick Drake" feel to the songs. She is also a player on the albums of Maxïmo Park and Cradle of Filth. The sound is more complex than on Williams previous album, closer to classical music than folk.

There is also a song titled "Little Black Numbers" on Williams's next album, Old Low Light.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Dug A Hole" (Kathryn Williams) – 4:26
  2. "Soul To Feet" (Kathryn Williams) – 4:07
  3. "Stood" (Kathryn Williams) – 3:21
  4. "Jasmine Hoop" (Kathryn Williams) – 3:55
  5. "Fell Down Fast" (Kathryn Williams) – 5:36
  6. "Flicker" (Kathryn Williams) – 3:29
  7. "Intermission" (Laura Reid, Kathryn Williams) – 1:33
  8. "Tell The Truth As If It Were Lies" (Kathryn Williams) – 4:07
  9. "Morning Song" (Kathryn Williams) – 2:33
  10. "Toocan" (Kathryn Williams) – 2:24
  11. "Each Star We See" (Kathryn Williams, Dan Moscardi) – 4:27
  12. "We Came Down From The Trees" (Kathryn Williams) – 3:46


  • Kathryn Williams - vocals, guitar
  • Laura Reid - cello
  • Alex Tustin - drums, congas, bongos, tambourine, shaker
  • David Scott - classical guitar, vocals
  • Jonny Bridgwood - double bass
  • Laura Mundy - flute
  • Emma Williams - vocals
  • Mike Latham - vocals
  • Dan Robinson - tablas
  • Dan Moscardini - 12 string guitar, Hammond organ, vocals, glockenspiel
  • Neil Le Flohic - vocals
  • Amy Reid - saxophone
  • Dan Robinson - piano

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