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Matthew Herbert's Accidental Records announce new signing, Hejira + debut album

London four-piece, Hejira unveil details of their new album ‘Prayer Before Birth’. Produced by electronic music pioneer and creative visionary, Matthew Herbert, the album will be released on his Accidental label on October 21st. Borne of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, the band seek to build this musicianship into an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Hejira will be performing their debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' in the beautiful setting of The Clapton Round Chapel in Hackney on October 31st accompanied by an 18-piece ensemble including a choir and trombone section. Having already garnered attention from the likes of The Guardian, NOWNESS, The Fly, FACT, The Quietus, Q Magazine, Dummy and more.

Matthew Herbert: “I love this band. There’s a delicate orchestration to their playing and arrangements that has more in common with symphonic classical music than rock. Born of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles the band seeks to build this musicianship in to an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Full of gentle surprises, the whole project feels unhindered by compromise or a desire to please. As a consequence, it makes for a magnetic, engaging listen.”

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Formed in 2010, Hejira are Sam Beste, Rahel Debebe-Dessalegne, Alexis Nunez and Alex Reeve - a group of Londoners with a diverse collective heritage spanning the entire globe from Chile and Hungary through to Ethiopia and Germany. Borne of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, the band seek to build this musicianship into an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound.

Prayer Before Birth plays out like an ensemble-piece, a debut of rare composure that possesses a questing musical sensibility. There is a delicate orchestration to their playing and arrangements that has more in common with symphonic classical music than rock. Immerse yourself in the celestial choral crunk of their latest single ‘Litmus Test’, or the hymn-like ode to London’s psychogeographic emotional pull in Fields of Rooftops.  The title track from their previous 7-inch vinyl release, Gypsy of the Soul, unfolds like prime Funkadelic, harmony atop harmony, before blending into Echoes, the record’s explosive and hypnotic centrepiece.  Then there’s In Our Own Time in all its slow-burning splendour and Time, which features the interweaving male-female lead vocals that is a cornerstone of the Hejira sound. Full of gentle surprises, the whole project feels unhindered by compromise or a desire to please. As a consequence, it makes for a magnetic, engaging listen.

Giving shape to this heady stew of sound is creative polymath and electronic music iconoclast, Matthew Herbert who began co-producing Hejira in 2010. Preliminary work on Prayer Before Birth was completed at their studio, The House of Dreams in southeast London. The House of Dreams was Hejira’s sonic Shangri-la, a creative hub between the years of 2010-2012, attracting a community of musicians, magazine publishers, artists, illustrators, film makers and writers - the perfect context from which to spark their aural alchemy and lead them on the road to Prayer Before Birth.

No strangers to live performance, Hejira will be performing their debut album 'Prayer Before Birth' produced by Matthew Herbert in the beautiful setting of The Clapton Round Chapel in Hackney Thursday 31st of October, accompanied by an 18-piece ensemble including a choir and trombone section. Hejira will also take their album on the road for their UK wide TraumTour in October, an extension of their monthly Traum events, which will also see The Invisible, Floating Points & Tawiah join them on selected dates. Traum began at Servant Jazz Quarters and then moved to Shacklewell Arms to sell-out success drawing in performers from the cream of London's avant-pop scene such as The Invisible, Micachu & The Shapes, Kwabs, Kwes and Gwilym Gold. The growth of the event has led to a community of artists and music lovers with further opportunity for creative cross-pollination between like-minded heads.

 

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