Through the Windowpane

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Through the Windowpane
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Studio album by
Released10 July 2006
Genre Art pop, Chamber pop, Indie pop
Label Polydor
987 782-4
Producer Fyfe Dangerfield, Chris Shaw, Nick Ingman, Brian Mills, Joum "Turbo" Lucas
Guillemots chronology
From the Cliffs
Through the Windowpane
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 81/100 [1]
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NME 8/10 [6]
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Pitchfork 8.3/10 [8]
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Through the Windowpane is the debut full-length album from the British indie rock band Guillemots. It was released on 10 July 2006 in the United Kingdom and reached number 17 in the UK Album Chart. The album was highly anticipated following the strength of the singles "Trains to Brazil" and "Made-Up Lovesong #43". It was nominated for the 2006 Mercury Music Prize. The band released the final single from the album, a re-recording of "Annie, Let's Not Wait", on 15 January 2007.


Track listing

All tracks are written by Fyfe Dangerfield except where noted.

1."Little Bear" 4:49
2."Made-Up Lovesong #43" 3:41
3."Trains to Brazil" 4:02
4."Redwings" 6:02
5."Come Away with Me"Guillemots3:10
6."Through the Windowpane" 3:39
7."If the World Ends" 6:20
8."We're Here" 5:14
9."Blue Would Still Be Blue" 5:14
10."Annie, Let's Not Wait" 4:44
11."And If All…"Guillemots1:19
12."São Paulo"Guillemots11:42


This album was produced by Fyfe Dangerfield with Chris Shaw ("Redwings", "Come Away With Me", "Through the Windowpane", "If the World Ends", "We're Here", "Annie Let's Not Wait" and "São Paulo"), Nick Ingman ("Little Bear"), Bryan Mills (old tracks on "Made-Up Lovesong #43") and Joum "Turbo" Lucas ("Blue Would Still Be Blue"). "Made-up Lovesong #43" is an alternative cut to the one featured on I Saw Such Things in My Sleep and From the Cliffs .

Song information

The following is a list of musicians (excluding the four band members) who feature on the album (taken from the album booklet):

"Little Bear"

  1. An orchestra of strings

"Made-Up Lovesong #43"

  1. Shingai Shoniwa ("care"s + voice clicking)
  2. Bryan Mills (tambourine + memoryman)

"Trains to Brazil"

  1. Christopher Cundy (soprano sax + bass clarinet)
  2. Alex J Ward (alto sax)
  3. John Martin (tenor sax)
  4. Gavin Broom (trumpet)
  5. Mr Trombone (trombone)
  6. Ed Millett (breaths)


  1. Joan Wasser (singing and violin)
  2. The Aveley & Newham Brass Band (self-explanatory)

"Come Away With Me"

  1. Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet)

"Through the Windowpane"

  1. Fulvio Sigurta (trumpet)
  2. Adam Noble (the randomises)

"If the World Ends"

  1. Mara Carlyle ("ooh"s + a sung line)
  2. Another orchestra of strings

"We're Here"

  1. El Matthews B.P.S.C (spoken intro) ("Mas o mundo não acabou. Ainda. De qualquer forma." - "But the world has not ended. Yet. Anyway.")
  2. Mara Carlyle ("ooh"s + saw)
  3. Yet more strings

"Blue Would Still Be Blue"

  1. Absolutely no-one but a bottle of wine

"Annie, Let's Not Wait"

  1. The insatiable charity shop samba band (percussion)
  2. The children of mots school, guilleford ("annie annie"s)

"And If All..."

  1. Mabel the ghost (guidance)

"São Paulo"

  1. Fulvio Sigurta (flugelhorn)
  2. Mara Carlyle (singing at the beginning)
  3. Steve Noble (rain rolls on the snare)
  4. Alex J Ward (alto sax)
  5. Christopher Cundy (soprano sax)
  6. A very big orchestra of string, wind, brass and percussion

Orchestra players were contracted by Isobel Griffiths. Orchestra leader - Gavyn Wright. Orchestra conducted by Nick Ingman.

Although the back album cover names track 5 as "Come Away With Me", the track is incorrectly tagged as "A Samba In The Snowy Rain" by iTunes.


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI) [12] Gold147,050 [13]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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