Dutch Uncles' Robin Richards has revealed plans for a new, classical music inspired, solo EP.
A hugely individual, idiosyncratic group, Dutch Uncles have always boasted a broad spread of influences. Now bass player and songwriter Robin Richards has decided to turn solo, unveiling plans for a new, classically inspired project.
Washington Trapeze finds the singer entering classical realms, with the project due to launch at Festival No. 6 this weekend. Subsequently, the full EP will be available to purchase from Monday (September 16th).
Robin Richards recently opened up about the project, revealing that classical composers have always served as a point of inspiration for him. "I've always used rhythmic, melodic and mathematical themes to realise concepts, taking influence from composers such as Steve Reich and Igor Stravinsky" he said. "Where Dutch Uncles' concepts have always been firmly based around pop, this time I've taken the opportunity to create a more long-form soundtrack in three movements, an intricate and emotive piece based on the most technically demanding form of circus performance; written for a string quartet, electric guitars and tuned percussion."
Joe Duddell will conduct the ensemble during their debut performance, and the experienced composer was quick to praise Richards. "I first met Robin when I lectured at Salford University and it was a pleasure to teach one of the most talented students I've come across in 10 years" he said.
"Robin's strength is that whatever he turns his hand to writing it always sounds like him – his own DNA if you like – and that's the sign of a great composer. Fans of Dutch Uncles will recognise all his musical fingerprints throughout this three movement work. Robin will be playing & joined by two members of Dutch Uncles in what promises to be a fascinating experience."
'Washington Trapeze' is set to be released on September 16th. Dutch Uncles, meanwhile, are set to head out on the road with a string ensemble:
30 Leeds Belgrave Music Hall
2 Brighton Komedia
3 Leicester O2 Academy (Queens Hall)
5 London Islington Assembly Hall
6 Manchester Academy 2