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Modern Nature Announce May UK Tour + the Digital Release on 28th January of Their Acclaimed New Album “Island Of Noise” Out via Bella Union

January 7, 2022
Press shot, credit James Sharp

Modern Nature

Announce digital release of new album, Island of Noise
Out 28th January on Bella Union

Share new single, “Performance”

UK tour in May 2022

Following rave reviews for the deluxe double vinyl box set of their new LP Island Of Noise, released last month via Bella Union, Modern Nature  announce the digital release of the album which will be available 28th January (preorder here).

To mark the announcement the band have shared a visualiser for the track “Performance”. The new single “is written from the perspective of someone seeing or realising something overwhelming for the first time,” says frontman Jack Cooper

Whilst walking across a bridge near our old house at the height of the pandemic, I could see cranes moving around in east London. It really took me aback to see industry ticking away in the midst of the chaos. I think Evan’s percussive clicking and the relentless piano note make the piece. Everything else gets to move around them.

Modern Nature lift their listener and immediately sweep them into their rhythmic current. A rich exploration with such a sentimental sway to it’s journey. This essential combination of tones and melody collide to provide this immersive ensemble, a world as reflected in the film that you wish to stay in. Modern Nature channel this unique atmopshere within all their work, beauty lines the expressive nature of “Performance”.

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Additionally, Modern Nature have announced news of an extensive UK tour running throughout May this year. Dates and info below:

Monday 2nd May – Lemon Tree – Aberdeen
Tuesday 3rd May – The Old Hairdressers – Glasgow
Wednesday 4th May – Trades Club – Hebden Bridge
Thursday 5th May – Future Yard – Liverpool
Friday 6th May – The Cube Cinema – Bristol
Saturday 7th May – The Rose Hill – Brighton
Sunday 8th May – Rough Trade – Nottingham
Monday 9th May – Sidney & Matilda – Sheffield
Tuesday 10th May – The Smokehouse – Ipswich
Wednesday 11th May – Cafe Oto – London
Thursday 12th May – Cafe Oto – London
Friday 13th May – Unitarian Church – Cambridge
Saturday 14th May – Hare & Hounds – Birmingham

Since the demise of his previous band Ultimate Painting, Jack Cooper – under his Modern Nature guise – has never stopped looking ahead, exploring and reaching for something further. Since 2019, he’s released an EP, one full length LP, last year’s mini-album Annual, one 7” and three live cassettes, as well as the minimalist system music of this year’s Tributaries LP on Astral Spirits – in the process mapping out astonishing new terrain.
Island Of Noise presents an obvious new peak in his discography, combining Cooper’s celebrated songwriting and compositional skills with a free flowing expansiveness coloured by British free music luminaries such as saxophonist Evan Parker, pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist John Edwards and violinist Alison Cotton, as well as long-term collaborators Jeff Tobias and Jim Wallis.
On re-reading The Tempest in 2019, Cooper was moved to write the quote “Be not afeard, the isle is full of noises” on the wall of his workshop and doing so sparked the initial ideas and activity that culminated in this record. The rich imagery and themes of The Tempest have long been a springboard for artists, but it was the setting of an island and the insular framework it represented that appealed as a way of elaborating on the musical and lyrical themes Modern Nature has been exploring since their first record in 2019. The album was completed during a relaxation of the pandemic restrictions in summer 2020 and for Cooper and his fellow musicians, its recording came to represent a sanctuary in itself.  
Cooper once said: “With every song we record or musician we gain, another door seems to open on a route that’s worth pursuing.”  More than ever, this rings true on Island Of Noise, with the musicians sharing a collective vision that builds the most cohesive and exploratory version of Modern Nature yet. Island Of Noise fits beautifully between genres sitting alongside (modern) classics like Mark Hollis’ Mark Hollis, David Sylvian’s Blemish and Bert Jansch’s Birthday Blues. Like those, this is an album that may confound or challenge some, but will stand the test of time to those that open themselves up to Modern Nature.


1. Tempest
2. Dunes
3. Performance
4. Ariel
5. Bluster
6. Symmetry
7. Masque
8. Brigade
9. Spell
10. Build

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