Released: 16th Jun, 2017
Label: Tru Thoughts
On Hidden Orchestra's eagerly anticipated third album, 'Dawn Chorus' (out 16th June), producer and composer Joe Acheson conjures an intricate yet expansive world of sound, built around a collection of birdsong and other field recordings captured over many years in diverse locations around the UK and abroad. Rich in detail and character, these snapshots intertwine with bass, drums, percussion and eclectic instruments - including piano, electro-harp, zither, Turkish mey and cello - for an emotive and transporting listen that Acheson describes as “a kind of personal audio diary, time capsule or memoir”.
Each track on the album is set to a different one of Acheson’s dawn chorus recordings, these magical snippets of nature providing effects both percussive and melodic, and sparking evocative journeys. Album opener “First Light” features the first ever full dawn chorus that Acheson recorded, on a 5am walk in December 2009 amid a blanket of crisp snow.
"You could just listen to that forevermore, couldn't you?"MARY ANNE HOBBS
"Wonderful wonderful new LP"Gideon Coe
"Music without borders - amorphous and introspective"Songlines
"Hidden Orchestra are onto something."Q
"All the more impressive by the fact that Hidden Orchestra is actually a single person."Popmatters