When we first posted about the imaginative and enchantingly talented British composer and musician Poppy Ackroyd, we never dreamt she would one day get involved with our monthly mixtape. Since then, she released an outstanding debut album, Escapement, where she explores and experiments with the piano and the violin, mirroring her intricate relationship with the two instruments. Also, our dream came true and this month she picked and mixed seventeen stunning tracks, for your ears to indulge on.
As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2012
We had already heard the stunning cinematic cut ‘Vorka’ from Hidden Orchestra‘s double A-side single ‘Vorka’ / ‘Spoken’ which drops this Monday September 10th.
Their somophore album, Archipelago, arrives a few weeks later, on October 1st, via Tru Thoughts.
‘Vorka’, named after Serbian filmmaker Slavo Vorkapic, has just been complimented with a video, directed by Lumen.
Speaking about the video, Hidden Orchestra’s lead member Joe Acheson said it “is a small tribute to the work of Vorkapic, whose pioneering work in the first half of the twentieth century made his name synonymous with the art of montage”. Acheson added that “the music for “Vorka” was originally created as a series of short episodes for a radio drama adaptation of a 1970’s Japanese sci-fi novel, and then combined into one track in a form of montage, so it felt fitting to reference Vorkapic in the track’s title.”
Here’s the video for ‘Vorka’.
The much anticipated second album by Edinburgh quartet Hidden Orchestra will arrive this fall. The upcoming album, entitled Archipelago, is due out on October 1st via Tru Thoughts.
According to the label, Archipelago sees lead member Joe Acheson “exploring and developing many of the themes from their debut while introducing new guest players, instruments and found sounds”.
Ahead of the new album, Hidden Orchestra will release the double A-side single ‘Vorka’ / ‘Spoken’ on September 10th.
Listen to “Vorka” below, a cinematic song featuring guest cellist Su-a Lee.
In this month's episode of Cast the Dice: the dreamy chillwave and electrifying percussions of Chicago's A Lull, with the first single from their first album Confetti; 'fuzzed out space disco' from Oakland-based quintet Lumerians, with the single from their début album Transmalinnia; beautiful electronics in See you Monday, a track from the wonderful and exquisite album In Dust by Swedish duo Scattered Smothered Covered, the album released last August by Appetite, Sacramento's hungry drummer and self-taught producer as well as plenty more hand picked gems from the finest artists and bands.
- Capitol K – God Ohm
- Primus – Restin’ Bones
- Steve Reich – Section IIIA
- Hidden Orchestra – Flight
- A Lull – Weapons For War
- Lumerians – Atlanta Brook
[Knitting Factory Records]
- Not Squares – Asylum
- Os Mutantes – Bat Macumba
- Appetite – Fiery Ring
- Roll The Dice – See You Monday
[The Leaf Label]
- Blues Control – Good Morning
- CANT – Answer
- Lime Headed Dog – Balloons and Dams
- Boards of Canada – Chromakey Dreamcoat
- Pilooski – Love Is Wet
[Astro Lab Recordings]