So much good news today, I’m trying to breathlessly get to it all. Seems that RSTB faves Modern Nature (feat mems of Ultimate Painting, Sunwatchers) has a new project on the way. The new album is unlike any other in the Modern Nature catalog. While Jack Cooper still blends folk, jazz, psychedelia, and kosmiche touchstones, this is less a pop album and more of a compositional approach to world building. The record spans two versions – Island of Noise and Island of Silence, the latter an instrumental version of the record. The album pushes out the edges of Cooper’s world while also drawing the conceptual edge tight — with the record set to inhabit an imaginary island seen from an outsider’s perspective. The album will feature kindred spirits both audio and visual from Cooper’s world, drawing in saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards and violinist Alison Cotton, as well as long term collaborators Jeff Tobias and Jim Wallis. An accompanying book will feature Booker-nominated poet Robin Robertson, mycologist Merlin Sheldrake, illustrator Sophy Hollington, and writer Richard King and there will be a film as well (excerpts of which are above, created by Jack and his former Mazes bandmate Conan Roberts. The new record arrives November 19th from Bella Union.
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