London-based psychedelic octet Knifeworld are set to release their third studio album 'Bottled Out Of Eden', on InsideOut Music on April 22nd, 2016. They recently filmed a video with frequent collaborator Ashley Jones, for the album's opening track 'High / Aflame', and you can watch that here:
Kavus had this to say about the clip:
"This 'High / Aflame' is an edited version of the six and a half minute opener from 'Bottled Out Of Eden'. We wanted to start the album with something joyful and this is the song that birthed itself as a result.
Once again we worked with our long-time collaborator, Ashley Jones, and Innerstrings projections to create a video that was as colourful, giddy and ecstatic as the tune itself, something that looks how Knifeworld sound. I think I'm happier with how this turned out than any video we've done previously."
The band recently announced a special album launch show at London's Bush Hall on Thursday 12th May which will feature their biggest production yet plus a lot of surprises from the Knifeworld back catalogue. Tickets on sale 10am UK time Wednesday, Feb. 17th.
You can also check out a teaser for the album, featuring footage from the recording, which you can see here:
The full track-listing for the album is as follows:
2. The Germ Inside
3. I Am Lost
4. The Deathless
5. Foul Temple
6. Vision Of The Bent Path
7. I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait
8. Lowered Into Necromancy
9. A Dream About A Dream
10. Secret Words
11. Feel The Sorcery
The follow-up to 2014's 'The Unravelling', described by The Guardian as "an ingenious, joyful exercise in exploratory zeal", BOOE is a subtler but more immediate record than any other Knifeworld release. At times beautiful and uplifting & at others melancholic, haunting and otherworldly, the album remains surprisingly accessible and frontman Kavus Torabi had this to say:
"After The Unravelling, which took over a year to complete, we deliberately wanted to change the variables. To alter the approach in order to make something different. I love The Unravelling but it was a very difficult record to make. Rather than spending so long in the studio, constructing, arranging, recording, re-recording and adding layers of additional instruments and noises, this time round we wanted something rawer, more live sounding."
"Once we had the title, 'Bottled Out Of Eden', the songs came very quickly. For me, the title has three possible interpretations and all the songs fall under at least one of them. I always like to have a definite theme, it allows you to map out the territory making it far easier to identify which songs that will or won't fit with the overarching idea giving the record a far greater cohesion."
'Bottled Out Of Eden' fuses elements of English psychedelic pop, folk and art rock, with NY minimalist-inspired horn arrangements and typically unconventional song structures that take full advantage of the bands 8-piece line-up. The tail end of last year saw that full band out on tour in the UK with their friends in Vennart where they road-tested several songs from the album. Kavus continues:
"One aspect of Bottled Out Of Eden is the idea of a self-made Heaven or a self-imposed Hell, that agony or ecstasy are often a choice. I look back on the twenty five years of making the kind of music I do, particularly the last six with Knifeworld and just feel so fortunate for the friendships, experiences and absolute joy it has brought. I wanted the album to be as much about that, a celebration of this all too fleeting life, as it is a reflection on death and its impact on everyone that is left behind."
The full line-up of Knifeworld is as follows:
Look out for more information on 'Bottled Out Of Eden' & tour dates in the coming months!
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