Minor Victories, the newly-formed group featuring Slowdive‘s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai‘s Stuart Braithwaite, Editors‘ Justin Lockey, and Hand Held Cine Club‘s James Lockey, released their self-titled debut album back in June on Fat Possum and [PIAS].
This week, the supergroup announced a new album, Orchestral Variations, which is an instrumental reinterpretation of their self-titled debut.
Justin Lockey had this to say about the album in a press release: “I don’t really know that much about music in terms of theory, notes, scales etc. I generally just fuck about with things until it sounds right to my ear… So I guess to call this album Orchestral Variations, it would have to be in the loosest ever sense of the term.”
“When we were putting together the Minor Victories album, a lot of the music came about through string arrangements, motifs, melodies, countermelodies and other such noodlings I was messing about with. This record kind of takes it back to that initial point, and re-imagines the whole record from that standpoint – the bare bones, the hint at a vocal melody, not relying on any backbeat – but stripping the songs back to the base elements and then piece-by-piece making an entirely new record. It takes the songs and elements around them and the phrases into a new place, mostly born out of hindsight and I guess a curiosity to fuck around with it all long enough until it sounded right to my ear. From all that an entirely new record was formed. It’s not a remix album, or b-sides…it’s just another way at looking/hearing things.”
Orchestral Variations is out January 27 on Fat Possum.