New music from GoGo Penguin is always exciting news. The trio, who last year welcomed a new drummer to the fold and released an EP, Between Two Waves, have announced a new full-length album. Entitled Everything Is Going to Be OK, the effort arrives on April 14th through Sony Music/XXIM.
Alongsidetheannouncement, GoGo Penguin have shared the first transcendent single, ‘Glimmerings’, a track inspired by British Professor Anil Seth’s book Being You. Bassist Nick Blacka comments:
“The word glimmerings stood out when I was reading a book by Anil Seth called ‘Being You’. The book is about the science of consciousness and in the Prologue, he talks about how ‘glimmerings of ideas began to emerge’. It felt like the perfect way to describe the process of thought and creativity. Glimmerings — one of the first songs we started on the new album – started from a small kernel on the synth and over time we added more and more layers until it became something a lot more complex. The idea behind the title is the very beginning, where there is only an idea and an intent to start with, but you have an aim and an idea, and you have to trust in the process.”
Last July GoGo Penguin gifted us with their magnificent Between Two Waves EP. Now the incredible and quirky jazz trio are following it with a stunning new track called ‘Erased by Sunlight’, which was recorded a mere a couple of months ago at Real World Studios, where they had also recorded the EP. Speaking about the track, pianist Chris Illingworth comments:
“Often, following your instincts can be the right thing to do, sometimes what feels like instinct can be the years of experience pushing you quickly in the right direction. But sometimes it’s fun to feel those instincts and see what happens when you go down another path, moving away from the road that seems obvious. That’s how this new track found its initial sound, a few musical fragments discovered through exploring ideas that may have been ignored or never found which we then used as a new starting point, allowing instinct to kick back in, leading us to Erased by Sunlight.”
‘Erased by Sunlight’ is out now through XXIM Records/Sony and you can listen to it below.
In other related news, GoGo Penguin have announced several live dates in the UK/EU this Autumn, taking in shows in Paris, Berlin, London, Athens and Amsterdam, amongst many other cities. Head over here to check all their stops.
As the release of GoGo Penguin’s new EP nears, pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Jon Scott are offering up another taste of Between Two Waves with new track ‘The Antidote Is in the Poison’. Speaking about it, Blacka says:
“The starting point for the track was taken from a sequenced pattern on a synthesiser, but we then switched everything back to the acoustic instruments and never used a synth on it at all”.
This Summer will see the release of Between Two Waves, the new EP from Manchester’s unique and quirky jazz trio GoGo Penguin. Following the magnificent ‘Badeep’, they have shared a new single called ‘Wave Decay’. “The title comes from a recent fascination with free diving and underwater themes”, GoGo Penguin explain. “The movement of the piano chords, particularly with the addition of the palm mute pedal, felt like the swell of ocean waves.” The track features the Palm Mute Pedal, a new 3D-printed and foot-operated pedal designed and developed by Danish pianist Otto Sammy. Take a listen below.
Between Two Waves EP is out on July 1st through XXIM Records/Sony
Recently signed to XXIM Records, Manchester’s unique and quirky jazz trio GoGo Penguin are back with a new EP, following their 2020’s eponymous album. Entitled Between Two Waves, it is their first album with new drummer, Jon Scott, and was recorded at Real World Studios at the tail end of 2021. To get us enticed, Gogo Penguin have shared a magnificent new single called ‘Badeep’. “With this track we were inspired by the idea of taking the listener on a journey”, the band explains. “‘Badeep’ starts and ends with the same simple synth pattern but through the journey you finally arrive somewhere which feels both familiar and alien at the same time.” Take a listen below.