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Minor Victories announce new instrumental album, share video for first single “Cogs” — watch

Orchestral Variations is an "instrumental interpretation" of the supergroup's self-titled debut LP

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    Minor Victories, the supergroup featuring Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, and Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James Lockey, released their self-titled debut over the summer. Now, they’ve announced a companion LP entitled, Orchestral Variations.

    Due out in indie record shops on Black Friday (November 25th), Orchestral Variations is described as an “instrumental interpretation” of Minor Victories. Just as every song on the original has been reworked for the new effort, the tracklisting has been reorganized to better suit the new arrangements.

    Discussing the record, Justin Lockey admitted to knowing little of musical “theory, notes, scales,” saying that Orchestra Variations is his attempt to make everything “sound right to [his] ear:”

    “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.”

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    As a first sample of this re-imagining, Minor Victories has shared the video for “Cogs”, which you can view above. Below, find the album artwork and tracklist. Following the North American-exclusive clear vinyl release on Black Friday, Orchestral Variations will be available digitally on January 27th.

    Orchestral Variations Album Art:

    minor victories  orchestral cover Minor Victories announce new instrumental album, share video for first single Cogs    watch

    Orchestral Variations Tracklist:
    01. Cogs
    02. Breaking My Light
    03. The Thief
    04. Give Up The Ghost
    05. Scattered Ashes
    06. Folk Arp
    07. For You Always
    08. A Hundred Ropes
    09. Higher Hopes
    10. Out To Sea

    Minor Victories are currently on tour in the UK and Europe, and will hook up with Placebo come December. Find their tour schedule below.

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    Minor Victories 2016 Tour Dates:
    10/24 – Minalo, IT @ Santeria Social Club
    10/25 – Vienna, AT @ Ottakringer Brewery
    10/26 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
    10/27 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
    10/29 – Port-Jérôme-Sur-Seine, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival: Paris
    10/30 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Zakk
    10/31 – Berlin, DE @ SO36
    11/01 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
    11/02 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
    11/04 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves
    11/05 – Den Haag, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
    11/06 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
    11/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
    12/02 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro *
    12/03 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena *
    12/05 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *
    12/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena *
    12/08 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena *
    10/10 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena *
    12/11 – Liverpool, UK @ The Magnet
    12/12 – Newport, UK @ Newport Centre *
    12/13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2 Oxford
    12/14 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre *
    12/15 – London, UK @ Wembly Arena *

    * = w/ Placebo

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