The anticipation for the new album from The Blackheart Orchestra unfolds with the new single, Under The Headlights.
Regulars on our pages, the most recent appearance for Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington under their guise of Blackheart Orchestra was with their Mute album (our review) that was built on instrumental variations of some of their library of work. However, they’re back in full song mode with Hotel Utopia that’s set for release on 26th August.
Like their Mesmeranto album, Hotel Utopia has a theme – the afterlife. All the 13 songs discuss the question of what happens or might happen after our life on this earth ends. A theme hinted at with the striking Ennikur from Mesmeranto (possibly our fave BHO track), and dare we say that Under The Headlights (the first song to be released from the forthcoming album – video below) might even be a not too distant relative…while taking some leaves from Mute experience.
Under The Headlights is out on 22nd April and features spoken word from a recorded lecture of 1960’s British philosopher Alan Watts and the video was shot at Britain’s 3rd most popular suicide location, the 531ft high cliffs at Birling Gap, South Downs. Heath warning – the film is not for the faint of heart of anyone with a fear of heights…. However, no-one can fail to be lulled by the gentle pulse of the music which builds into a piece which is as lush and hypnotic as ever. All topped with an irresistible melody and chorus packed with hooks.
It may seem a long way from August but The Blackheart Orchestra are on tour over the next few months with shows starting this week. From our experience, we know it’s a worthwhile experience to spend a night with the Orchestra. Tour dates.