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    If 2012's 'With Us Until You're Dead' - Archive's first UK-released album in a decade - was a timely reminder of their manifest strengths, then the London based collective's epic new album Axiom underlines exactly what we've been deprived of - a part-orchestral, part-electronic, part-soulful, part-progressive and wholly emotion-soaked panorama of restlessly inventive, haunting beauty.

    The difference this time is that the album consists of one continuous 40-minute piece of music that evolves through seven tracks ('Distorted Angels', 'Axiom', 'Baptism', 'Transmission Data Terminate', 'The Noise of Flames Crashing', 'Shiver' and 'Axiom (Reprise)'. The music shifts between styles and also singers (Pollard Berrier, Dave Pen, Holly Martin and Maria Quintile all return from the last album) to create a breathtaking sensarround sound, incorporating both dream-like and more darkly ominous passages, punctuated by a panoply of beats, and the unexpected appearance of church bells.

    "Recording the bells at Greenwich church certainly set the ball rolling to what became 'Axiom'," recalls Darius Keeler, the long-standing core of Archive alongside Danny Griffiths. "I'm not a hundred per cent sure what I had in mind when I decided we should record the bells, but I just felt it would be important somehow in the genesis of the new record. The music came first; the album was written seamlessly, with one idea falling into another, one singer falling into another. It's a musical journey with a clear beginning and end, but you can certainly pull out six parts that could be distinguished as songs."

    "In terms of a lyrical theme, the beautiful thing about the 'Axiom' writing process was that it was not contrived at all, so the lyrics kind of happened in real time as the music went on its journey. The interesting thing is one song's lyrics had a knock-on effect to another so it all tied together as an abstract but coherent story."

    Given the cinematic nature of Archive's music, it made perfect sense to complement their most ambitious project to date with a short film, made by the acclaimed Spanish film collective NYSU. "Every time we make an album," says Keeler, "somebody says it sounds like the soundtrack to a movie that hasn't been made. Well, this time, we decided to make the movie. We've always harboured ambitions to bring together our music and the filmmaking process."

    Judging by the 90-second trailer, 'Axiom' the film (shot in a beautifully rich, glowing B&W) is a dystopian fantasy, with elements of '1984' and 'V For Vendetta', reflecting the album's personal and political themes of despair and disconnection. And there are more of those church bells...

    NYSU director Jesus Hernandez: "'Archive' has produced a great album that works like an entire movie script. We saw our role as composers of a kind of visual soundtrack for the music. Our challenge was to translate the band's script into images; it's the most exciting project we've ever been involved with."

    Keeler: "During the recording process, it became clear that 'Axiom' was different to a normal album, and at that point we knew we had to make a film to accompany it. Then it all made sense and things just started to fall in to place."

    'Axiom' the film will receive it's world premier at the London Sundance Film Festival on Friday 25th April. The band will also be performing the album live to accompany the film at a one-off worldwide exclusive performance at the London Roundhouse on May 29th. This will be Archive's biggest UK show to date, following sold-out shows in the capital last year at Heaven and Koko, confirming their homeland is finally catching up with the band's long-standing popularity across Europe.



23 Jun 17Southside FestivalNeuhausen ob Eck, GERMANY
24 Jun 17SolidaysParis, FRANCE
25 Jun 17Hurricane FestivalScheessel, GERMANY
29 Jun 17EuropavoxClermond-Ferrand, FRANCE
07 Jul 17Cognac Blues PassionCognac, FRANCE
10 Jul 17Les Deferiantes D'ArgelesArgeles Sur Mer, FRANCE
12 Jul 17Villa AdaRoma, ITALY
14 Jul 17MusilacAix les Bains, FRANCE
15 Jul 17Gent Jazz FestivalGent, BELGIUM
04 Aug 17Woodstock Festival, POLAND
04 Nov 17B90Gdansk, POLAND
05 Nov 17StudioKrakow, POLAND
06 Nov 17PavillionHannover, GERMANY
08 Nov 17ParadisoAmsterdam, NETHERLANDS
09 Nov 17RockhalLuxembourg, LUXEMBOURG
11 Nov 17ZecheBochum, GERMANY
12 Nov 17Lucerna Music BarPrague, CZECH REP
13 Nov 17Werk 2Leipzig, GERMANY
14 Nov 17ForumLiege, BELGIUM
15 Nov 17SubstageKarlsruhe, GERMANY
16 Nov 17MetropoleLausanne, SWITZERLAND
17 Nov 17ArenaVienna, AUSTRIA
18 Nov 17BatschkappFrankfurt, GERMANY
20 Nov 17AeronefLille, FRANCE
21 Nov 17Le 106Rouen, FRANCE
22 Nov 17La CareneBrest, FRANCE
24 Nov 17StereoluxNantes, FRANCE
25 Nov 17SireneLa Rochelle, FRANCE
27 Nov 17KrakatoaBordeaux, FRANCE
28 Nov 17PalomaNimes, FRANCE
29 Nov 17Le RadiantLyon, FRANCE
30 Nov 17Chateau RougeAnnemasse, FRANCE