Every once in a while, a band comes along that offers something entirely different to what is being offered by their peers at the time. In the late 90’s Kosheen were undoubtedly such an outfit as they fused the plaintive, potent vocals of singer Sian Evans with the darkly intimate electronica of Darren Decoder and Markee Substance to create songs where the sounds tell the story as much as the lyrics whilst the boundaries of genres are blurred and challenged.
It’s easy to forget that ‘dance music’ acts playing live is a fairly recent phenomenon and that without artists like Kosheen and Faithless it would be hard to imagine the likes of Disclosure other electronic acts coming to the fore in the live arena.
Now 4 albums in to an illustrious career that includes two certified Gold LPs and with their fifth album en route for a December 2nd via their own imprint Kosheen Records the group have decided to share their new video with us for their upcoming single ‘Harder They Fall’. Entitled ‘Solitude’ the new album is being marked as the next step in the evolution of the groups musical development following on from their last album ‘Indepence’ with Markee Substance explaining: “’Independence’ represented the band breaking free from some behind the scenes stuff, simply moving on. Therefore the album reflected this upbeat energy. ‘Solitude’ in comparison is darker and more atmospheric. It has a deeper vibe to the tunes.”
The process of creation within Kosheen is complex: “’Solitude’ for us has been an on-going process. We are always writing on and off the road. We all have home-studios, and we all work with laptops, so we are constantly able to bounce ideas off each other and in some cases literally capture the idea there and then. We always start with beats first then work on the tunes, in parallel with seeing what ideas for the vocals Sian has. After that we work our magic in the studio and come up with the result.”
Check out the video to ‘Harder They Fall’ below
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