After many weeks of not being aware that Winter had slowly crept into Spring, our genius Jerome surfaced into daylight from behind the huge mixing desk in North-East Paris with the finished Archive album clutched firmly in his froggy fingers.
Next in this process was yet another Eurostar journey over to London to meet up with Kevin Metcalfe at Soundmasters for the album mastering. The familiar faces of Smiley, Noycey and Pollard dropped in to give support and listen to the months of hard work being finally committed to half inch tape (those of you who are audiophiles know that this gives a warmer/richer sound). And there it is … finished, gleaming and waiting to be unleashed upon the ears of us all.
Not quite the end of the journey as we now move on to artwork and promotion but, like all proud Mothers and Fathers of a newly delivered, we wanted to share our good news with you …
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcK4n-DqlQIARCHIVE are set to return with the epic and beautiful new album With Us Until You're Dead.
Produced by longtime collaborator Jerome Devoise, the album will be released on the band's own Dangervisit Records on 27th August 2012.
Part-orchestral, part-electronic, part-soulful, part-progressive and wholly emotion-soaked, the album is a cinematic and restlessly inventive landscape.
Talking about the new album Darius said "We've always written songs that focused on social and political issues but for this album I really wanted the songs to be more personal - love songs basically. But coming at the subject matter in that non-formatted Archive way."
"I grew up a massive Otis Redding fan and I wanted to bring some of that soulfulness to the songs, but at the same time to make them twisted and experimental."
First taster from the album comes in the form of the 'Wiped Out / Violently EP' released on July 2nd. Featuring remixes from the likes of Man Without Country, Sei A and Rosko John, the EP will be released on 12" and download formats.
'Violently' ("one of the darkest and most powerful songs we've ever done" Darius reckons) features new vocalist Holly Martin and comes with a suitably dark promo video directed by legendary graphic designer Brian Cannon who created album covers for Oasis and The Verve amongst others.