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Hidden Orchestra's phenomenal new single 'East London Street'

Published: Tue 3rd Oct, 2017

A highly personal track, 'East London Street' is named after Joe Acheson's old studio address in Edinburgh

“East London Street” is the next single to be lifted from Hidden Orchestra’s third studio album, ‘Dawn Chorus’, which came out in June, delighting fans and gaining heavy media support. Airplay and features on BBC 6Music and Virgin Radio to BBC Radio 4, and press plaudits across Songlines magazine and The Arts Desk to Electronic Sound, PopMatters and Clash, add to accolades in a diverse selection of the world’s music media.

Although Acheson is now based in Brighton, “East London Street” is named after his old studio address in Edinburgh where Hidden Orchestra began. The dawn chorus at the centre of this track was recorded at that studio window in 2014. “Hearing it reminds me of the gardens I used to look down on from my studio, and of all the times and places and people that I associate most strongly with my years in Scotland”, he reflects; “And then it reminds me of the pigeons that sat on my windowsill”. Blending naturally with the wrens of the Edinburgh recording, the track  finishes with a crackly 1947 recording of a wren made by Danish wildlife recording pioneer Carl Weismann (c/o the British Library Sound Archive). These natural sounds are joined by arresting drumbeats and delicate instrumentation featuring a stirring cello melody played by regular collaborator Su-a Lee.


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