As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2018.
A firm favourite this year, Szun Waves‘ second album New Hymn To Freedom grabbed us by the heart and refuses to let go. The trio’s third single, the transcendent ‘Moon Runes’, has been laced with a gorgeous video by director/AV designer Sam Wiehl, who had this to say:
“The new visual continues the themes of deep space geography and landscape coupled with ideas around microbiology and microorganisms. Content in this video and the previous video for ‘Constellation’ were designed to be used in the band’s new live AV show.”
Watch the video below.
New Hymn To Freedom is out now on The Leaf Label.
Szun Waves are nearing the release of their much-awaited second album New Hymn To Freedom, and after enticing us with ‘Constellation’ and ‘Temple’, the trio have let loose another transcendent cut, ‘Moon Runes’. Take a listen below and grab the record when it drops on August 31st through The Leaf Label.
The band have also announced a string of shows in the UK in support of the album, including a special 360 degree A/V show at London’s Space Gallery on Thursday 30th August.
Anticipation is growing as we near the release of Szun Waves‘ second album New Hymn To Freedom. Made up of three extraordinary musicians, Laurence Pike, Luke Abbott and Jack Willie, from varied backgrounds, including jazz, classical, electronica, ambient, experimental and club music, Szun Waves crafted and recorded an album of live improvisations, finding inspiration in each other’s experiences and influences. The band had previously shared the phenomenal lead single ‘Constellation’. Ahead of the album’s release on August 31st through The Leaf Label, they are offering another glimpse into their enveloping, immersive and improvisational album with new track ‘Temple’.
In other related good news, Szun Waves are celebrating the album’s release with a special 360 degree A/V show, taking to the stage in London, Sweden, Glasgow, Manchester and Leeds. Find out when to catch them below:
Thursday August 30th – Space Gallery, LONDON
Friday August 31st – PLX Tjärö Festival, SWEDEN
Wednesday November 21st – Broadcast, GLASGOW
Saturday November 24th – Soup Kitchen. MANCHESTER
Sunday November 25th – Headrow House, LEEDS
The Leaf Label has been a hot spot for beautiful releases from new and incredible artists and bands for many years, from Susumu Yokota and Murcof to Jherek Bischoff and Colleen. The label is on a roll this year, with excellent releases already out or on the way from the likes of Snapped Ankles, Laurence Pike and LWW. Extraordinary trio Szun Waves, made up of Laurence Pike, Luke Abbott and Jack Willie, are the latest addition to their impressive roster, with news of their second album emerging this week. Entitled New Hymn To Freedom, it follows their 2016 debut At Sacred Walls and arrives on August 31st. With no edits nor overdubs, and featuring six live improvisations, the upcoming album finds the trio “in a place of pure spontaneity”, as the press release describes. Accomplished musicians in their own right, Pike, Abbott and Willie’s various experiences and influences is what informs and influences one another. “It still feels to me like a mystical adventure when we play,” said Abbott, “but there’s a musical language developing between us, we’re starting to make more sense together.”
August may seem like a long way away but we can already hear the phenomenal ‘Constellation’. Serving as the record’s first single, it only heightens our anticipation for what is to come. ‘Constellation’ is being offered with a video directed by Sam Wiehl. Watch it now.
To celebrate the release of New Hymn To Freedom, Szun Waves are playing at London’s Space Gallery on August 30th.