The Blackheart Orchestra restarts its back catalog on the instrumental album Mute
The Blackheart Orchestra will be released Mute May 7. Designed as a stopgap as lockdown prevented progress on their ‘proper’ sixth album, the 11-track album features reboots of older material, with more experimentation than ever before and an expanded range of timbre and dynamics. – but the total absence of voices.
The project began when the duo – who had previously toured with Hawkwind – were asked to prepare instrumental versions with the idea of chasing film soundtrack placements.
“We were like, ‘Let’s just do it as a fan,’” singer Chrissy Mostyn says. “We don’t want to make people think that’s what we’re going to do from here on out, because it’s not. But when we listened to what we had done, changing things so much, we realized it had taken a life of its own. The music is so different. I think people need more instrumental music in their life – it’s true!
Rick Pilkington adds, “We’re a little afraid of it – I still don’t even recognize some of the songs! We are always worried that people do not understand it. It is a visit to an alternate universe; it was an important part of the bridge to get out of the lockdown, but we won’t be going back.
Meanwhile, The Blackheart Orchestra is working on the direct follow-up to 2019 Mesmeranto, with all the songs written and several of them already recorded. “Everything was going so well that we had to stop,” says Mostyn. “We think we know what it’s called… but that will probably change!”
Mute is available for pre-order via Band Camp.