Friday 22 May 2020

LISTEN: Pêtr Aleksänder - 'Another World'

"If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that I was made for another world." - C.S. Lewis.

I was about to open this post by remarking that, upon listening to this EP for the first time, I considered Pêtr Aleksänder to be truly, well, something else. Then I realised that the opening track is called The Something Else and that my brain was probably being led down that path, but the point still stands. This is a sublime piece of work. Consistently overwhelmed by these guys.

The Another World EP is their first release since their 2019 record Closer, Still but they have certainly been busy elsewhere. While Tom is busy playing live with Mumford & Sons and Gang of Youths, Eliot has produced the Banfi record (out today!) and they've been continuing their run of 'reimagined' tracks, which they've worked on in the past for the likes of Banfi, Geowulf and Interpol. Not content with reimagining a track, this time, they've released an entire record. Clouds In The Mirror, released a couple of weeks ago, is a reimagined version of This Is Not A Safe Place by Oxford's RIDE. And magnificent it is too.

The new EP features previously released singles The Something Else, a true to form instrumental piece of art which eases you in with piano, strings and electronics, and Copy, Echo, Mirage. The latter was the first track from the duo to feature vocals from Tom Hobden, which is a treat. It's a pulsing and powerful track, drawing you in further, before the strings at the tail end of The Real Thing really push you, mind and soul, over the edge. If you're me, at least. I adore strings. On this and closing (and title) track Another World, words from a passage of the C.S. Lewis book Mere Christianity sit atop the beautifully unique sound that the pair have created.

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