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Recitals Announce New Album 'Orbit I' + Share Single 'Rock Dove'

Recitals Announce New Album 'Orbit I' + Share Single 'Rock Dove'

Sam Denne / Photo credit: Matilda Boese-Wong / Friday 17th June, 2022 9:12AM

Who loves a good vocal harmony?

Clearly the good folks over at Flying Nun Records, judging by the sound of the latest addition to their roster: Recitals.

A 7-piece scroggin mix of name-brand talent, Recitals is a project of purpose. According to bassist/vocalist Xanthe Rook, the group formed around Wellington’s Pyramid Club – a space the songwriter was utilising to curate a safe creative environment for women and LGBT+ musicians. After firmly establishing themselves as crowd favourites in the capital and releasing the exceptional made-for-midnight-stargazing single ‘Tongue’ in late 2020, the band and Flying Nun are excited to announce their debut full length LP Orbit I.

“'Orbit I' was a collective artistic quest, perseveringly born amidst a very strange, and disorderly time to be alive… This record simultaneously shaped us as we shaped it. It represents an initial idea, an opening, that declares ‘parameters’ as ultimately meaningless to us. Now we know, nothing binds friends better than the laborious birth of a beautiful baby.”

Lucky for listeners, the first single from Orbit I titled ‘Rock Dove’ is available now on all streaming platforms. Hauntingly beautiful and weaving its way seamlessly towards a jarring climax, it showcases the adept song writing and musicianship of the unit. It’s hard to believe a piece so cohesive was recorded in separate bedrooms and different cities – a move made necessary by not only geography but also the Covid-curbing lockdowns we all know and love.

“'Rock Dove' is an ode to the fort and the bedroom. Your room is a shrine; a map, a toy to look at and interact with. It can be enlightening to lie down and view your house from an angle you have never seen before. It is special to light a candle on days when fog blankets the valley you live in. Sometimes vices are your respite when there is an over saturation of presence. Solitary playtime brings you back to the child self you forgot about through busyness and distraction."

Orbit I is set for release on August 26th of this year, digitally and on both clear and black vinyl via Flying Nun Records. In the meantime, you can listen to ‘Rock Dove’ here...

Recital's 'Orbit I' will be out digitally and on vinyl August 26th via Flying Nun.


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