Bicep – Isles out now on Ninja Tune
Belfast-born, London-based duo Bicep released their new album “Isles” today, once again on Ninja Tune. Two years in the making, “Isles” expands the artistic energy of Bicep’s 2017 self-titled debut album, while deepening the sounds, experiences and emotions that have influenced their life and work.
Bicep (Andrew Ferguson and Matthew McBriar) describe “Isles” as “a snapshot” of their work at this time, with the pieces designed to evolve in their various iterations from recording to live show and beyond. Bicep continue that the tracks recorded in “home-listening” orientated versions for the LP, before evolving into new iterations for their live shows (hopefully) in 2021.
From those early days living and clubbing in Belfast, and particularly following their move to London over a decade ago, the breadth of music they’ve been exposed to during this time directly informs Isles’ massive sonic palette.
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Both cite the joy of discovering Hindi vocals overheard from distant rooftops, snatches of Bulgarian choirs drifting from passing cars, hitting Shazam in a kebab house in the vain hopes of identifying a Turkish pop song.
First track ‘Apricots’ samples traditional Malawian singers and a 1950’s performance by The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir – “steeped in a shimmering bath of warm synths, its spare percussion and arresting vocals bring the big room chills of 90s rave, while still evoking something lost or forlorn.”
The album out today, will be available on black 2x LP, picture disc, and deluxe red vinyl 3x LP versions.
Listen Bicep – Isles on Spotify