Bicep have announced their new album Isles with a video for the single “Apricots.”
The record comes three years after the Belfast duo’s self-titled debut, and was previewed earlier this year with the track “Atlas.” In a statement, Bicep described Isles, which has been two years in the making, as “a snapshot in time.” Member Matt McBriar added, “This is definitely the home listening version. The live version will be much, much harder.”
For “Apricots,” McBriar and fellow Bicep member Andy Ferguson sampled traditional Malawian singers, who were recorded by ethnomusicologist Hugh Tracey in 1958. The recordings were released by the label Beating Heart, whose profits go towards supporting the ongoing music conservation work of the International Library of African Music. Also sampled on “Apricots” was a 1950s performance by The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir.
Isles is out January 22 on Ninja Tune. Watch the video for “Apricots,” directed by BAFTA-winning filmmaker Mark Jenkin, below: