THE BLOOD CHOIRPOST-ROCK DUO UNVEIL BRAND NEW CUT:
“THE BOAT” – WATCH VIDEO BELOW
TAKEN FROM FIRST ALBUM FOR 6 YEARS:
‘HOUSES OF THE SUN’OUT 22 JUNE VIA VILLAGE RECORDINGS+ MAY UK TOUR DATES
“something rather special” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music
“soundscapes, reverb and blizzards of overdrive.” – Guitarist Magazine
“Low slung, spaced out psyche rock” – Echoes & Dust
As they gear up for what will be their first studio album for 6 years – THE BLOOD CHOIR – are pleased to unveil a fresh 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 22nd June 2018 (via Village Recordings).
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE
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.”
”The Boat”, alongside cerebral album teaser “Switching off the Perfume Garden” (a track similarly championed by BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson as “something rather special”), will both appear on The Blood Choir’s upcoming album.
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.
In anticipation of the new release, The Blood Choir are also pleased to announce a run of UK tour dates taking place throughout May, with confirmed appearances in Bristol, London, Cardiff, Bath and more – full dates and details below.
THE BLOOD CHOIR – MAY UK TOUR DATES
Fri 18 May – The Barrel House Ballroom, Totnes
Sat 19 May – Mr. Wolf’s, Bristol
Wed 23 May – Paper Dress Vintage, London
Thu 24 May – Gwdihw Café Bar, Cardiff
Fri 25 May – Schtumm @ The Queen’s Head, Box
Sat 26 May – Moles Club, Bath
The Blood Choir are comprised of founding members Robin Maddicott and Joe Mountain. Formed in Bristol in 2009, they began recording material for what would become the unreleased and much-coveted ‘Dartmoor’ EP.
Signing with IRL (Independent Records Ltd) in 2012, the duo released their first official album ‘No Windows to the Old World’, a record co-produced with Tim Oliver (New Order, Robert Plant), who simultaneously released the record through his own label Top Cat Music. With the likes of Guitarist Magazine praising the record’s “soundscapes, reverb and blizzards of overdrive” (4*), The Blood Choir fleshed out their ranks to develop an expanded set up to do the album and it’s multitudinous depths justice in the live setting. The band toured extensively with Arbouretum, plus accepted invites to perform with The Handsome Family, The Magic Band, Steve Gullick’s Tenebrous Liar, Dark Dark Dark and Silver Apples among others.
Still centred around the nucleus of Maddicott and Mountain, though currently operating between Denmark and the UK, The Blood Choir will return in 2018 with their first full length studio album for six years: ‘Houses of the Sun’.
‘Houses of The Sun’
Will be available on 22 June 2018 via the band’s own label Village Recordings.
The label’s first physical release, the record will be available on CD, 180g Vinyl, and on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and all official streaming services.
Pre order the album here