I was thrilled when a new Bicep single landed in my inbox at 4pm, the end of another dreary day in winter lockdown.
Alas, Bicep are here to remind us that, as each day goes by, the days are getting longer. The sun is rising a little earlier and setting a little later.
Bollywood-inspired, ‘Sundial’, is the final single to be taken from the duo’s forthcoming “Isles” album, out January 22nd on Ninja Tune. It arrives following previously released singles ‘Saku ft. Clara La San’ (my personal favourite), ‘Apricots‘, and Atlas.
‘Sundial’ contains a sample from ‘Jab Andhera Hota Hai’, taken from the 1973 Bollywood film Raja Rani, recorded by Asha Bhosle & Bhupinder Singh, and written by Anand Bakshi and R. D. Burman.
Speaking of their latest single, the duo say: “Indian music has always fascinated us since the blog days, discovering it was the possible birthplace of Acid house via Charanjit Singh’s Ten Ragas to a disco beat. Living in East London, Indian influence and music is everywhere and over the past few years we’ve both become huge fans of Bollywood film scores, particularly the female soprano performances. The haunting melancholic epicness really strikes a chord with both of us. We feel we can relate to how similar it is to the Irish folk we grew up around from the likes of the Clannad.”
Filmed at London’s Saatchi Gallery, and comprising an extended live performance, with additional warm-up act to be announced – Bicep return with another unique livestream on February 26th 2021.
Tickets for Bicep’s livestream are on sale now.