It's billed as "a definite release from creative self-consciousness..."

Fyfe, Paul Dixon’s classical-tinged vehicle for his angular pop compositions, has collaborated with Iskra Strings for new track ‘Hold Us Down’.

Iskra Strings have worked with Sufjan Stevens, The xx as well as leading lights in the classical scene such as the much-missed Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, and they also worked with Dixon back in 2016.

A fully-fledged EP is anticipated later this year, and the lead track has certainly captured attention; ‘Hold Us Down’ is full of choppy strings layered on top of bombastic beats and occasional ‘Woos!’.

A shimmering, delicate bridge brings things down a notch before a return to a chorus that verges on the anthemic. It is one of the most direct and accessible tracks on the forthcoming EP, which will also draw attention to both parties’ skills and exemplary classical training on more instrumental songs in an idiosyncratic collision of pop, electronica and classical.

Fyfe says of the release: “It’s one of the most enjoyable projects I’ve worked on to date; reacting in real-time to someone else’s approach to harmony, melody and structure meant there was a real momentum when developing ideas together and a definite release from creative self-consciousness.”

Check out 'Hold Us Down' below.

Words: Wilf Skinner

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