As they gear up for what will be their first studio album for 6 years, The Blood Choir have unveiled a new single: “The Boat”.
Given the radio premiere honours by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson (who described it as “a brilliant piece of Post-Rock”) the track is set to appear on their long awaited second LP, ‘Houses of The Sun’ – out June 22, 2018
A swirling maelstrom of feedback drenched guitars and disarticulated beats driven by a rhythm that rises as relentlessly as the tides, it will perhaps come as little surprise that the surreal qualities of this atmospheric piece have their origins beyond the waking world.
“The chorus melody came to me in a dream” muses Robin Maddicott, “the recording took a long time. It was one of the first songs we started back in 2013. It went through 3 or 4 complete remakes before we reached the final version. To me it has an Arvo Part, Philip Glass quality to it. I was listening to a lot of that stuff at the time.”
“The Boat” single is accompanied by a stunning video, shot using time-lapse photography, of a container ship traversing the world’s oceans. Speaking about the inspiration for the video, Joe Mountain of The Blood Choir says:
“I was talking with James Walker, who directed the “Switching off the Perfume Garden” video, about how we wanted to create something kinetic, with constant forward movement. That idea seemed to fit with the feel of the song. We pretty much visualised the video, as it is now, in that first conversation.”
Released via their own Village Recordings label (22 June 2018), the new record will be the Anglo-Danish duo’s first long-player since 2012’s acclaimed debut ‘No Windows to the Old World’ and will see the pairing of Robin Maddicott and Joe Mountain assume their joint moniker once more for the release.
- Supporting the new releases, The Blood Choir are also playing a UK tour, performing at Bristol’s Mr Wolf’s on May 19 and Cardiff’s Gwdihw Café Bar on May 24.