Black Midi share ‘Slow’ video and announce full UK/EU dates for Autumn 2021
Band will celebrate album release with two socially distanced Hackney Church shows
It follows their lead single John L and its B-side ‘Despair’, which explored the band’s chosen themes of lost monarchic power.
On the album’s release date (May 28) the band will play two socially distanced album shows at London’s Hackney Church. At the same time, they will embark on an autumn UK/EU tour, and will return to KEXP for a new interview and performance. Their first KEXP performance (live from Iceland Airwaves in 2019) is how many of their fans first experienced the band.
‘Slow’ is one of two new songs from the album fronted by bassist Cameron Picton. The track was written just before the band’s February 2020 tour, with the lyrics finalised when demos were recorded that June. They tell the story of a young and idealistic revolutionary dreaming of a better world who ends up being shot in the national stadium after a coup d’état.
“The ‘Slow’ video was made to fit the oscillating dynamics of the song. Going from calm to chaos over and over again,” says director and animator Gustaf Holtenäs. “The video tells the story of a character who creates AI-generated worlds. To emphasize this, I let real AIs generate a lot of the backgrounds in these worlds. So they are partly AI-generated, but it isn’t long before an AI could create the whole deal and create endless iterations of fantasy worlds. It can already create a random beautiful landscape painting in 1 second.”
The upcoming album, Cavalcade, follows the band’s 2019, Schlagenheim, one of that year’s most hotly-praised and critically acclaimed albums. With Matt Kelvin breaking from the band earlier in 2021, Geordie Greep, Cameron Picton and Morgan Simpson – currently a three-piece – see the new album as a painting of various figures, from a cult leader fallen on hard times to an ancient corpse found in a diamond mine and even cabaret singer Marlene Dietrich strolling past.
Cavalcade will be released on May 28. Pre-order the album here
Full UK/EU tour dates:
28/05/21 – London, Hackney Church – 2 shows – 5.45pm & 8.30pm – more info & tickets here
31/08/21 – 01/09/21 – Bristol Trinity Centre
02/09/21 Manchester O2 Ritz Manchester
03/09/21 London Wide Awake Festival
05/09/21 Birmingham The Mill
06/09/21 Glasgow QMU
09/11/21 Dublin Vicar St.
11/11/21 London Alexandra Palace Theatre
14/11/21 Bath Komedia
15/11/21 Cambridge Junction
16/11/21 Sheffield Corporation
17/11/21 Newcastle Wylarm Brewery
21/11/21 – 23/11/21 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
24/11/21 Brighton CHALK Live
25/11/21 Portsmouth New Theatre Royal
27/11/21 Paris Cabaret Sauvage
28/11/21 Rennes UBU
30/11/21 Brussels Botanique Orangerie
01/12/21 Hamburg Kampnagel
03/12/21 Oslo John Dee
04/12/21 Stockholm Slaktkyrkan
05/12/21Gothenburg Musikens Hus
06/12/21 Copenhagen Lille VEGA
08/12/21 Berlin Festsaal Kreuzberg
10/12/21 – 11/12/21 Amsterdam Paradiso Noord
12/12/21 Cologne Gebäude 9
14/12/21 Milan Magnolia
15/12/21 Zurich Mascotte
16/12/21 Lyon Les Subsistances
17/12/21 Lille Aeronef