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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.

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    Archive: La Seine Musicale, Paris

    Archive will play La Seine Musicale in Paris on 16th May 2019.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 10 May, 2017

    Archive: 'The False Foundation' European Tour

    Archive have announced details of their 'The False Foundation' tour, throughout Europe in November 2017.
    See their artist page for full details.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 09 May, 2017

    Archive: New Video & European Tour

    Following a highly successful 2016 which saw their tenth studio album 'The False Foundation' released to excellent reviews followed by a massive sold-out tour, Archive have today announced news of the final leg of touring for the album, taking it across Europe throughout November.

    The band have also shared a video for the track 'Splinters' from the album.
    Speaking about the tour and video Archive founder Darius Keeler says: "We're very excited to announce the final leg of our 'Kings Of The False Foundation' tour; the shows we did around the album release last year we're without doubt some of the best Archive has ever played. We really pushed the boundaries in terms of production and the visual presentation of the show, I can't wait to take it back out on the road. 'Splinters' is one of the stand-out tracks from the False Foundation album for me, and live it's such an intense experience. It feels like Archive is in a great place creatively right now".
    See artist page for tour dates.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 07 Dec, 2016

    Archive: Hurricane & Southside Festivals

    Archive will appear at both the Hurricane & Southside festivals in Germany on the weekend of 23rd-25th June 2017.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 26 Aug, 2016

    Archive: New Album 'The False Foundation'

    Archive's new album 'The False Foundation' is released on 7th October, which features 'Driving In Nails'.
    Pre-order from the link below.

    www.kontrabandstor.es/archive/archive-false-foundation

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  • 25 Jun, 2016

    Archive: New Video 'Driving In Nails'

    Archive unveil their new video for 'Driving In Nails', from the forthcoming album 'The False Foundation' to be released on 7th October on their own Dangervisit label.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 01 Jun, 2016

    Archive: 'Kings of the False Foundation' Tour

    Archive will tour Europe throughout November, to promote their forthcoming album with the 'Kings of the False Foundation' tour.
    See their artist page for details.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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  • 01 Mar, 2014

    Archive: 'Axiom' at The Roundhouse

    Archive's film 'Axiom' 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.

    The film will also be shown in 5.1 surround sound in select cinemas across Europe to coincide with the album's release.

    www.archiveofficial.com

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