TEETH OF THE SEA ANNOUNCE HIVE
TO BE RELEASED VIA ROCKET RECORDINGS ON 6TH OCTOBER
LISTEN/WATCH AVANT-EPIC “MEGAFRAGMA”
Teeth Of The Sea to release their sixth and most outlandish album, Hive on 6th October via Rocket Recordings.
Now they share the video for the behemoth track that is “Megafragma”, a nine-minute avant-epic made in collaboration with engineer and co-conspirator Giles Barrett. The track morphs form and structure in search of new epiphanies – sitting comfortably next to Stereolab/Nurse With Wound’s ‘Simple Headphone Mind’ and Roxy Music’s ‘The Bogus Man.’
This eerie landscape engulfs the audience immediately, the moment the soaring electronic tone emits into the ambience, the intensity consumes you. That frivolous and gritty landscape expands with the abrasive additional textures and the power overwhelms, dominating the direction of this colossal composition. Teeth of The Sea have always had this adventurous reign, and the new track continues to explore this innovative vision, delivering this vivid and expressive creation. “Megafragma” conquers such a cinematic appeal, layers of experimental attributes and dynamic tones, a 9-minute arrangement that showcases this moving journey. Teeth of The Sea continue to create complex and fearless compositions, their energy is omnipotent.
Fundamental to Teeth Of The Sea’s mission thus far is that this band can go anywhere and make short work of any obstacles in their path. Unfettered by genre distinctions or expectations, the only limits of this trio – comprising Sam Barton, Mike Bourne and Jimmy Martin – are those of its imagination. It therefore follows that inspiration flowed into Hive from all dimensions, with the band’s sphere of influence – the science fiction, trash culture and cinematic atmospherics by which they’ve fuelled their mission thus far – expanding to take in everything from Italo-disco to minimal techno, from dubbed-out studio madness to their most brazen forays thus far into pop songwriting. Here is a headspace where the psychic charges from records by Labradford, Nurse With Wound, Vangelis, The Knife, Nine Inch Nails and John Barry can happily co-exist.
These disparate pathways cohere and coalesce to create a vivid experience rich with emotion and intrigue. A commission to create a live soundtrack at London’s Science Museum for a documentary on the Apollo moon landings gave flight to the trilogy of tracks – Artemis, Æther and Apollo which are summarily imbued with the dreamlike wonder and existential peril of the mission itself. A collaboration with vocalist Kath Gifford (Snowpony, The Wargs, Sleazy Tiger) set loose Butterfly House, which transmutes synthpop stylings into something uniquely radiant, haunting and melancholic. Get With The Program – sung by Mike Bourne – is meanwhile no less than a noise-fuelled, speaker-shaking electro-industrial banger.
Hive is more than just a transformative force from subterranean origins. It’s an alchemical headspace where monochrome animates into vivid colour. It may not be a carefully ordered insectoid militia set to overthrow society, but it’s a transmission which transcends anything Teeth Of The Sea have thus far offered in their time on Earth.
Step inside Hive, if you dare.
HIVE TRACK LISTING:
1 – ARTEMIS
2 – GET WITH THE PROGRAM
3 – BUTTERFLY HOUSE
4 – LIMINAL KIN
5 – ÆTHER
6 – MEGAFRAGMA
7 – POWERHORSE
8 – APOLLO
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