Modern Studies removed to a byre in deepest Perthshire to create their latest EP, ‘Cassandra’, out 29th November on Fire Records.
This is not a faithful retelling of the myth. Rather, elements of the legend were extracted and used as the starting points for new found ways of working together; to be refracted and re-invented, and further coloured by their immediate environment – the autumnal landscape, the river and hills, and in particular the surrounding fields providing a passing point of rest for thousands of migrating geese.
“We worked parallel to the myth, drew out some tiny truths for ourselves, and used aspects of it to spark ideas and unconventional musical techniques over four days in a barn” Modern Studies
While still recognisable as part of the Modern Studies canon, ‘Cassandra’ is part live recording, part improvised, part chance, and part instrumental dreamscape, eight conjoined tracks which rise and fall in two movements.
Lyrics are minimal and drawn from the myth as it relates to today’s world, and are chiefly born of conversations the band had during the making process on a variety of hefty topics, such as truth-telling, the weight of a gift, a double-cross, male gaze, trust, classical art, expectations vs reality, depictions of violence, lying to oneself, revenge, mental health and the afterworld.
Modern Studies will be touring their acclaimed recent album ‘We Are There’ for the first time across the UK this Winter on their headline tour. They’ll also be performing a more experimental live set at the Rio Cinema in Dalston on 10th December alongside Vanishing Twin, Fenella (Jane Weaver) and Yosa Peit.