NICK RHODES & WENDY BEVAN RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM
‘ASTRONOMIA I: THE FALL OF SATURN’
RELEASED SATURDAY, MARCH 20 ON SPRING EQUINOX
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On Saturday, March 20, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and British artist and singer/violinist Wendy Bevan released their debut album ‘ASTRONOMIA I: THE FALL OF SATURN’ via Tape Modern, available here. Ahead of the release, the pair have shared the album’s opening track and visual, ‘The Great Attractor’ BELOW.
Over the past twelve months, the duo have collaborated on a monumental series of 52 cinematic instrumentals inspired by the Universe. These works will be presented across four 13-track, individually named albums, as the Astronomia project. The first release ‘The Fall of Saturn’ drops on the Spring Equinox (March 20, 2021) and will be followed by three further records, all released on the equinoxes and solstices for the remainder of the year.
Rhodes and Bevan first started working together during 2018, instantly conceiving an exquisite, and very visual musical language. As artists, separated by the oceans, Wendy in Los Angeles and Nick in London, these works were made as a direct response to the sadness and turbulence of the past year, as revealed exclusively to Variety today.
About the project the pair said;
Merging the drama and moods of classical music with the textures and atmospheres of analogue synthesizers created the rich palette of sounds that we used to make the Astronomia albums. Each track is like a sonic painting, where different styles, colors and composition form singular pieces that belong in the same exhibition.
The Fall of Saturn is a musical allegory for these times. A moment to reflect upon our fragility, the way we treat each other and our planet. A symphony of hope and dreams for our future.”
Nick and I were on a quest to pursue the ineffable, and Astronomia became a landscape for the cinematic vision we share. We found ourselves making an ethereal soundtrack to accompany the process of change we were all experiencing on a global level during that time.
Created by layering violins, synths, vocals and orchestral arrangements, each track unlocks another door in the world of Astronomia, instantly transporting you to another dimension.”
With a shared love of film, photography and style, Bevan and Rhodes plan to accompany each track on the Astronomia volumes with a carefully curated visual, available via their Instagram @astronomiavolumes. A new clip will be released every week for one year, commencing March 20th.
Wendy Bevan is a British vocalist, violinist, songwriter, performer and photographer. Nick Rhodes is a founder member and keyboard player of the British rock band, Duran Duran.
ASTRONOMIA I: THE FALL OF SATURN’ – TRACKLIST
Art Direction and design: Rory McCartney
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March 23, 2021 7:09am ET by Satellite 414