"Another World" EP - 22nd May 2020 - Kin Records
The follow-up to debut album"Closer, Still", the "Another World" EP marks a sea change in the band's musical direction. Lyrically, inspiration was drawn from a famous C.S.Lewis quote that resonated with the pair (see below). Copy, Echo, Mirage "is a richly cinematic track filled with delicately twinkling piano and lavish strings...and sees the band move away from their instrumental roots with the inclusion of a haunting vocal from Tom Hobden" (Music Existence). “The Something Else” and "The Real Thing" act as links to their past music, a chain in a new stretch of DNA, with the latter piece featuring a spoken word extract of a C.S.Lewis quote performed by Dave Le'Aupepe of Gang of Youths. The EP culminates in the mysterious title track, a brooding yet expansive journey with a spiritual yearning at its core.
"If I find in myself a desire, that no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing. If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or to be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage." - C.S.Lewis
"Clouds In The Mirror" (This Is Not A Safe Place by RIDE, reimagined by Pêtr Aleksänder) - 1st May 2020 - Wichita Records
RIDE approached the band in 2019, asking for a complete "reimagining" of their album "This Is Not A Safe Place". By intentionally not listening to the record and extracting only the vocal part from each track, Tom and Eliot were able to set about creating their own sound world, free from any knowledge of how the songs had been written and creating quite unique songs in their own right.
Ride's Andy Bell had this to say about the album in a press release: "Pêtr Aleksänder took our album's vocal tracks and formed an entirely new album around them, and the results are inspired, often really beautiful, and at times, totally mental. They have crafted a delicate web of string and synthesizer arrangements which draws you into a whole other world than our version of the album. I love what they've created."
The Irish Times - "a mash-up-made-in-heaven for fans of supremely harmonious electronica and hints of pop-psych."