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Dawn Chorus
~ Hidden Orchestra

  • Label: Tru Thoughts
  • Cat Number: TRULP343

Pre-Release: Fri 9th Jun, 2017

Tracklist

Arrow Icon First Light L 1
Arrow Icon Western Isles L 1
Arrow Icon Still L 1
Arrow Icon The Lizard L 1
Arrow Icon Long Orchard L 1
Arrow Icon Alyth L 1
Arrow Icon Wingbeats L 1
Arrow Icon Serpentine L 1
Arrow Icon Stone L 1
Arrow Icon East London Street L 1

Description

 * All orders will ship on or before June 9th, 2017. If you would like additional items shipped before this date, please place two separate orders. Thank you! *

Available on Limited Edition Ultra-Clear 2 x LP. Whilst stock lasts!!!

“You could just listen to that forevermore, couldn’t you?”  

MARY ANNE HOBBS (BBC 6MUSIC) 

“Out of this world” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

“Absolutely fantastic” – CERYS MATTHEWS (BBC 6MUSIC)

“Incredible” – Nemone (BBC 6MUSIC)

On Hidden Orchestra's eagerly anticipated third album, 'Dawn Chorus', producer and composer Joe Acheson conjures an intricate yet expansive world of sound, built around a collection of birdsong and other field recordings captured over many years in diverse locations around the UK and abroad. Rich in detail and character, these snapshots intertwine with bass, drums, percussion and eclectic instruments - including piano, electro-harp, zither, Turkish mey and cello - for an emotive and transporting listen that Acheson describes as “a kind of personal audio diary, time capsule or memoir”.

Each track on the album is set to a different one of Acheson’s dawn chorus recordings, these magical snippets of nature providing effects both percussive and melodic, and sparking evocative journeys. Album opener “First Light” features the first ever full dawn chorus that Acheson recorded, on a 5am walk in December 2009 amid a blanket of crisp snow. “Listening to an old field recording is like looking at an old photo”, says Acheson; “Close your eyes, and you're immediately transported to the time and place you made it. I remember exactly how I felt and what I was doing, who I was with, my full surroundings”. 

All the elements of this deeply personal album draw links to Acheson’s past travels, homes and projects in some way. A dripping drainpipe in Innsbruck, an extractor fan in Tallinn, and wildlife in the Outer Hebrides, sit alongside cutlery, crockery and a fizzing gin and tonic in Brighton. Excerpts from sessions with many musicians include core Hidden Orchestra players Poppy Ackroyd, Tim Lane and Jamie Graham, as well as harpist Mary MacMaster, cellist Su-a Lee, and clarinettist Floex, their influences ranging from Shetland folk music to abstract experimental soundtrack work. 

  

A1. First Light

A2. Western Isles

A3. Still

B1. The Lizard

B2. Long Orchard

B3. Alyth

C1. Wingbeats

C2. Serpentine

D1. Stone

D2. East London Street

 

 

 

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