He Who Saw The Deep

He Who Saw The Deep is the second album by Leeds band I Like Trains. It was released on 4 October 2010.[1]

He Who Saw The Deep
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Studio album by
Released25 October 2010
LabelCargo Records
ProducerI Like Trains
I Like Trains chronology
The Christmas Tree Ship
He Who Saw The Deep
This Skin Full of Bones

Having left Beggars Banquet Records when it went bust in 2008,[2] the group had no record label to distribute the album. Following the writing and recording of the album, the band started a Pledgemusic project in July 2010[3] to get fan funding in order to master the album, promote it and tour it. They offered various exclusives to backers who pledged certain amounts.[4] They succeeded in surpassing their target funding and released the album on their own label ILR.

It received generally positive reviews, with The Line Of Best Fit describing it as "a tender collection of songs that rely on passion rather than sentiment".[5] Many reviewers noted a change in musical style, with musicOMH noting the lyrics were "now looking to the future" compared to their previous songs focused on historical people or events.[1] The Quietus credited the reduced size of the band's line-up for the clearer melodies, less "swathes of reverb", faster tempo and more forward vocals.[6]

Track listEdit

  1. "When We Were Kings"
  2. "A Father’s Son"
  3. "We Saw the Deep"
  4. "Hope is not Enough"
  5. "Progress is a Snake"
  6. "These Feet of Clay"
  7. "Sirens"
  8. "Sea of Regrets"
  9. "These Broken Bones"
  10. "A Divorce Before Marriage"
  11. "Doves"


  • Everton Nelson (tracks: 8), Warren Zielinski (tracks: 3, 6, 9, 10) - violin
  • Ian Burdge (tracks: 3, 6, 8, 9, 10) - cello
  • Daniel Skevington - engineer
  • Helen Oates, Sarah Martin, Siva Sabaratnam – executive producers
  • Simon Davey - mastering
  • Daniel Skevington, I Like Trains - mixing[7]


  1. ^ a b "iLiKETRAiNS - He Who Saw The Deep". musicOMH. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  2. ^ "Iliketrains - iLiKETRAiNS Announce New album He Who Saw The Deep". Contactmusic.com. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  3. ^ "I Like Trains Second Album Details". This Is Fake DIY. 2010-07-09. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  4. ^ "iLIKETRAiNS Pledge new album for October". Drowned in Sound. 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  5. ^ Simon Rueben (2010-11-03). "I Like Trains - He Who Saw The Deep". The Line Of Best Fit. Archived from the original on 2010-11-05. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  6. ^ Simon Jay Catling (2010-10-27). "The Quietus - Reviews - I Like Trains". The Quietus. Retrieved 2011-01-13.
  7. ^ https://www.discogs.com/I-Like-Trains-He-Who-Saw-The-Deep/release/2479912