London-based psychedelic octet Knifeworld have confirmed their appearance on Cruise To The Edge 2018, taking place 3rd till the 8th February and sailing from Tampa to Belize and Costa Maya. They join the likes of Yes, Marillion, Gong, Anathema, Haken & more, on what will be the band's first US visit.
Kavus Torabi comments: "Ahoy there. This will be the first real opportunity for our US fans to see Knifeworld live. We will be performing two full electric sets and an acoustic one. Over the three performances we will be plunging into the deep, reedy waters of our four albums and making seaworthy a few rarely heard gems. I'll also be performing with Gong, so if the cut of my jib doesn't resonate with you in the correct fashion you will have plenty of sunbathing time.
After one of the performances at least two members of Knifeworld will be walking the plank in real life. We hope you can join us for this, at least."
The band have also launched a new live video, filmed at last year's headline show at Bush Hall in London.
Watch the live clip for 'Me To The Future Of You' here: https://youtu.be/Fe8EUGjoe-I
You can also watch a clip of 'I Must Set Fire To Your Portrait' here: https://youtu.be/Xpx11ujT2B4
'Bottled Out Of Eden' received much acclaim upon release, seeing them perform live in session on Marc Riley's show on BBC 6 Music as well as nominated in two categories at the Progressive Music Awards 2016. You can find just a few of the great reviews of the album below:
"Bottled Out Of Eden is a vivid mix of soaring, curiously structured melodic songs" - Mojo
"this is what truly progressive music sounds like in 2016" - Prog
"simply gorgeous pop songs" - Louder Than War
"a big, vivid, lysergic joy." - The Guardian
Watch the promo videos for 'High / Aflame' and 'The Germ Inside' below:
'High / Aflame': https://youtu.be/WzXVxOT8an0
'The Germ Inside': https://youtu.be/mWRig5rV274
You can order 'Bottled Out Of Eden' from the links below:
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.
"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."
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