“Night Walks” is the debut album from new Tru Thoughts signing, Hidden Orchestra. The driving force behind the Edinburgh-based band is the acute artistic vision of Joe Acheson, a classically trained multi-instrumentalist, composer, music producer, and producer/presenter of radio documentaries for the BBC. An intense and rewarding listening experience, “Night Walks” encompasses the energy and production techniques of studio-produced beats, but replacing synths and drum machines with natural/acoustic sounds and instruments for an emotionally potent style. Built on contrasts – experimental without losing accessibility, electronic and acoustic, complex and simple, dark and energetic whilst intricate and calm – there is a sense of journey and progression, and, in Acheson’s words, “the brooding reflections of a solitary walk through the still, restless night”.
Hidden Orchestra have a very eclectic fanbase, which could be born from the fact that the emphasis is on being experimental and accessible at the same time, creating music based on feeling and energy, rather than image or fashion. Such is their cross-genre appeal that in 2008 the band won the guitar/indie/rock band-dominated T-Break competition to play at renowned Scottish festival T in the Park, while simultaneously being listed by Radio Scotland in the A-Z of the greatest Scottish jazz artists of all time. The band play with two drum kits on stage – not for the gimmick, but because their input is needed to play all the layers of beats in Acheson’s studio production.
04. Tired And Awake
05. The Windfall
06. Out Of Nowhere
The album Hidden Orchestra “Night Walks” (Tru Thoughts) is going to be released September 17, 2010.