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Archipelago News: Album Pre-Order, European Tour, AA Single, Video

trucd261 Our second studio album, Archipelago, is due out on the 1st October on Tru Thoughts (CD & digital) and Denovali (2xLP). Tru Thoughts are now taking pre-orders for the CD now – and for the very special price of £6. Go here to place an order.

On Monday 10th September Tru Thoughts are releasing a AA digital single featuring two tracks from the album. Vorka features our long-time guest cellist Su-a Lee playing the musical saw atop a hip-hop breakbeat, while Spoken represents a slightly new direction in our music, and features some acrobatics on the trumpet from Phil Cardwell, who you may have seen play with us at shows this year. We won’t go any further with the descriptions, listen for yourself here. Buy the digital bundle here.

There is also a brand new video to accompany Vorka, direct by Lumen. Check it out:

And to accompany all of this exciting news we will be touring around Europe promoting Archipelago over the next few months. You can see where over at our Dates page. We should have some more dates to add soon.

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2nd Album Announcement – ‘Archipelago’

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We are pleased and delighted to announce the second Hidden Orchestra album!
‘Archipelago’ will be released on October 1st…

The artwork used for the cover, as with Night Walks and the Flight EP, is again by Norman Ackroyd – it’s a detail from an etching called ‘Roareim’, and is of the Flannan Isles in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, on a boat trip last summer on which Norman was joined by Poppy and Joe – it also features in this year’s Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

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Flight Mixtape

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The Flight Mixtape went online back in January, and has had a great response across various sites.
Joe made it to celebrate the release of the Flight EP – starting and finishing with different versions of title track Flight, with the mixtape speeding up throughout from 70bpm to 140bpm.

Features the usual eclectic and intricately-woven selection of music, sound effects, acapellas, interviews, and spoken word.

Stream on Mixcloud, or download (320kbps mp3) from Paris DJs (right-click on the ‘download button’ below tracklisting)…

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Summer Festival Shows

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We’re happy to announce a run of summer festival dates. This season will see us travel to some new countries for the first time, notably Egypt, Finland and Sweden. We also return to Croatia (this time for the excellent Soundwave Festival) and the Czech Republic, where we always enjoy going.

We also play our annual Edinburgh Jazz Festival show, and are delighted to invite friend and collaborator Floex over from Prague to join us. This one will be one of the summer highlights for sure. For other UK dates we again link up with our friends at Chai Wallahs for shows at Sunrise, Kendal Calling and Greenman.

We’ll also be announcing a full European tour in the Autumn, keep your ears to the ground!

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Spring Gigs

Hi everyone, and apologies for the lack of fresh news of late. We came off a very enjoyable and successful European tour back in March and have been busy working on completing the next album, which, with any luck, will see the light of day in the Autumn. We’ve got a few UK and European Festival dates lined up – some are on our calender now, and some are still to be confirmed. But for now we are warming up for the summer with some gigs in Edinburgh, Brighton and London at the end of April and start of May. We’ll be playing some of the new material that went down very well in Europe, so we hope to see some friendly faces in the audience.

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