LOST HORIZONS share David Bowie-inspired new track, “On The Day You Died”, and announce further UK live shows for April
Following many excellent reviews for the debut album Ojalá, released in November on Bella Union, Lost Horizons have shared a new instrumental track entitled “On The Day You Died” which is streaming HERE and available on all digital services now.
Previously only available via the Rough Trade Album Club on a limited 4 track bonus cd, the track, improvised on the morning of David Bowie’s untimely death, is their simple paen to his genius, shared today on this the second anniversary since his passing.
Lost Horizons’ Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas almost didn’t make it to studio that day two years ago as the sadness and upset at the news hit them, but they decided to forge ahead and try and use all the energy and his inspiration to create something. Of the track Raymonde says: “It was a tough day, but quite an extraordinary one in hindsight. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do anything when I arrived at the studio, but when I sat at the piano something just happened. Richie grabbed his saxophone and our engineer Iggy just pressed record and the resulting improvisation is what you hear, warts and all. We didn’t talk much about it, but I can feel his presence on the track for sure. Several months later when I told Richie I wanted to use the track exactly as it was, he was quite surprised and said that he could play the saxophone much better now, and that he’d like to have another go. “Not a chance!” I said. “It may not be ‘perfect’ technically but the reason it has the poignancy it does is because of the circumstances. I don’t want you to change a note.” Thankfully, he agreed…”
Lost Horizons have also announced news of additional UK and Ireland live shows in April following on from their Glasgow performance this month… Dates/info below:
Friday 19th January – GLASGOW – Firewater
Thursday 19th April – BRISTOL – The Lantern
Friday 20th April – CARDIFF – Clwb Ifor Bach
Saturday 21st April – BIRMINGHAM – Institue
Sunday 22nd April – CAMBRIDGE – Portland Arms
Tuesday 24th April – DUBLIN – The Grand Social
Wednesday 25th April – BELFAST – Limelight 2
Critical acclaim for Ojalá, out now on Bella Union:
“An expansive collaboration… There are striking variations in texture and colour, the haunted folk of She Led Me Away, featuring Midlake’s Tim Smith, rubs against Ghostpoet’s worldweary patter on Reckless, while the concussed country–rock of Life Inside a Paradox, sung by Horse Thief’s Cameron Neal and Sharon Van Etten, coexists with Marissa Nadler’s frosted piano lament Winter’s Approaching… A quiet coalition, but one that is wholly satisfying.” MOJO – 4 Stars ****
“An album which glides by harmoniously, no two songs alike, but all sharing a sonic richness and reflective atmosphere… A beautiful, haunting album.” Record Collector – 4 Stars ****
“A beguiling debut… Raymonde elicits gorgeous perfomances from guest vocalists such as Marissa Nadler, ex–Midlake frontman Tim Smith and The Innocence Mission’s Karen Peris.” Uncut – 7/10
“Melancholy indie rock with flashes of soul and improv jazz… A welcome return for the erstwhile Cocteau Twins bassist.” Q – 4 Stars ****
“An hour of exquisitely spun compositions: Raymonde’s crystalline guitar adornments and piano arpeggios sparkling elegantly throughout.” Long Live Vinyl – 8/1
Back in November Lost Horizons shared a video for the track “Score The Sky”, featuring vocals from The Duke Spirit’s Liela Moss. Click HERE to watch.
Lost Horizons is the new musical project of former–Cocteau Twin and Bella Union boss Simon Raymonde and Richie Thomas of early 4AD figureheads Dif Juz. Their debut album Ojalá incorporates a heady cast of guest singers. Some are signed to Bella Union, such as Marissa Nadler and former Midlake frontman Tim Smith, while others are long-time favourites of Raymonde’s (Leila Moss of The Duke Spirit and Ghostpoet), or newer discoveries (Beth Cannon, Hilang Child, Gemma Dunleavy and Phil McDonnell). Together, the Lost Horizons ensemble has created an hour of exquisite, expansive and diverse spellcasting.