With their much–anticipated debut album How To Live due for release 23rd August via Bella Union, and already the subject of excellent reviews in the likes of Q, MOJO and Uncut, Modern Nature have today shared a new track entitled “Séance” from the LP. Of the track Modern Nature frontman Jack Cooper says: “Séance closes out the first half of the album and the intention was for it to represent an anxiety episode that descends into a breakdown, hence the cut up tape edits and collapse. The themes in the words hopefully come across in the way we played the song… It’s taught and stuttering, Will’s organ melody moving against the rhythm is my favourite part of the album. The ‘take shelter’ line is lifted from the Jeff Nichols film of the same name… the perfect study of existential dread and impending doom. I think it’s a pretty topical song…”
“A creative evolution from Cooper’s previous music, with a quiet new clarity and purpose at play.” MOJO – 4 stars ****
“An open and expansive project, manifested in a sound that lashes woody, folky textures to an insistent motorik pulse.” Uncut – 8/10
“There’s a real ambition to Modern Nature’s debut album… Pastoral prog and horizon–chasing Krautrock push onwards, while organ drone and saxophone add to the exploratory mood.” Q – 4 stars ****
“Taking their cues from the tender falsetto of English folkman Nick Drake, the free-form rhythms of Alice Coltrane and the rattling guitars of Radiohead, Modern Nature’s debut EP is a sprawling journey through an imagined natural landscape.” The Observer (Ones to Watch)
You can catch Modern Nature live in the UK this summer and fall, including at the newly announced in-store appearances the weekend of release. Full dates can be found here.