Pêtr Aleksänder's debut album Closer, Still is an indie classical record. The London-based duo of Eliot James and Tom Hobden have each forged successful music careers respectively over the past decade, but this is the first project they can call their own.
For James, who has produced albums for countless well-known artists, Pêtr Aleksänder is free from the constraints of what he's used to. "We're not thinking about which track would be good for radio, but more like ‘this piece is really beautiful, it would probably work really well in a film'", he offers.
Each album track grew organically from the seed of a melody or chord pattern. "Working in this genre is so much more freeing," says Hobden, who rose to fame during the mid-‘00s UK indie-folk explosion as a founding member of Noah & The Whale. He praises the fluidity of crafting instrumental-only music. "Our pieces naturally segue into each other. You finish a track and follow where the music leads from there."
Ride to release; Petr Aleksander rework of 'This Is Not A Safe Space' / CMU
Ride have announced that they will release a classical reworking of their 2019 album ‘This Is Not A Safe Place'. Arranged by composer duo Pêtr Aleksänder, the new record – titled ‘Clouds In The Mirror' – will be released by Wichita Recordings in May. The idea to create a classical rework was conceived while Ride were still in the studio recording their 2019 album. Discu...