Nature

We’re very pleased to present the video for “Nature” taken from our debut album, How To Live, out now on Bella Union

"I'd been out filming Brighton Day of Dance earlier in the year, where Morris Teams from all over the country come and spend the day dancing and drinking outside various pubs in Brighton,” says the director Conan Roberts. “It was more out of curiosity of this slightly bizarre British tradition than anything else. Jack saw some of the footage and thought it could be a great accompaniment to one of the tracks from the album. I cut the Morris footage and then independently cut the landscape footage before compositing the two. It was more an experiment in how the two images may or may not work together, exploring the synergy of the dancers movements alongside the shapes of nature.”

How To Live?

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Our album is now available to buy from all good record shops, some bad ones and on all streaming services. Here’s what people had to say…

“An endearing debut… Modern Nature feel like a long–lost cousin of Talk Talk or Wooden Shjips, as they combine simple guitars with motorik beats, soft synth pads and saxophone improvisations… Jack Cooper’s understated vocals only add to the album’s blissful allure… A compelling listen.” DIY – 4 stars ****

“There’s a real ambition to Modern Nature’s debut album. Pastoral prog and horizon–chasing Krautrock push onwards, while organ drone and saxophone add to the exploratory mood.” Q – 4 stars ****

“An open and expansive project, manifested in a sound that lashes woody, folky textures to an insistent motorik pulse.” Uncut ­– 8/10

“A creative evolution from Cooper’s previous music, with a quiet new clarity and purpose at play.” MOJO – 4 stars ****

“Blending pastoral psyche–folk with urban drones, burbling motorik melodies, and some mellow jazz skronk, the resulting late–night mix is laser–targeted for those who have Talk Talk, the Notwist and Yo La Tengo forever playlisted in their hearts… A confident, considered but above all gorgeous debut.” Record Collector – 4 stars ****

“Planted somewhere between Talk Talk and Tuung, the spacious arrangements, hushed vocals and dashes of saxophone and cello make their debut feel like a breath of fresh air.” Electronic Sound

“Taking their cues from the tender falsetto of Nick Drake, the free-form rhythms of Alice Coltrane and the rattling guitars of Radiohead, Modern Nature’s debut is a sprawling journey through an imagined natural landscape.” The Observer

“Jack Cooper and Will Young’s compositions don’t kick out the jams, they hypnotically stir them as a fortune teller would a cup of tea.” Shindig – 4 stars ****

Footsteps

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We’re very pleased to share another track from our record. ‘Footsteps’ is accompanied by a video from Jake McGowan and Conan Roberts of Unfolding Films. The video is a snapshot of the album as a whole… a journey from the chaos of the city to a baptism in nature. Watch it HERE - Listen to Footsteps on your favourite streaming platform and pre-order How to Live.

UK Shows

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We’re currently booking shows for mainland Europe and North America but we’re very pleased to announce these UK shows for late summer/autumn. If you’d like to book us or play your town, you can get in contact HERE

26 Jul - Port Eliot Festival

16 Aug - Green Man Festival

13 Sept - Brudenell Social Club - Leeds

14 Sept - The Good Life Experience

15 Sept - Freakender - Glasgow

17 Sept - Yes - Manchester

18 Sept - Shipping Forecast - Liverpool

19 Sept - The Courtyard Theatre - London

20 Sept - Elsewhere - Margate

21 Sept - The Louisiana - Bristol

How To Live

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Our debut album will be released on 23rd August via Bella Union and is available to preorder HERE

We recorded the album last summer over a 10 day period at Gizzard Studios in London, after having spent the previous week rehearsing in our studio next to Wanstead Flats. The sessions were engineered by Ed Deegan and for the most part, the songs were tracked live to 2-inch tape.

For the album, we were joined by Rupert Gillett who played cello and Jeff Tobias who contributed saxophone and bass clarinet.

The sleeve was illustrated by Tara Okon and designed by Darryl Norsen.

Read more about ‘How To Live’ HERE

Peradam

This is the first single from our album ‘How To Live’ which is out in August

(Video directed by James Sharp)

“Aaron suggested Peradam as a name for the band orginially. It’s a word from René Daumal's novel Mount Analogue, which was the source for Jodorowsky's Holy Mountain. In the book ‘Peradam’ is an object that is revealed only when someone knows they are seeking it. The song is about striving for something but not knowing what that something is and feeling like whatever it is might be unattainable anyway. A futile quest or some kind of circular dream. I'm sure most people can empathise with that feeling.”

Festivals

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We’re currently booking shows for later in the year but we will be playing some festivals this summer. Caught By The River have asked us to play both of their stages at Port Eliot Festival and the Good Life Experience and we’re really pleased to be doing Green Man Festival as well. See you there!

26th July - Port Eliot Festival

16th August - Green Man Festival

14th September - Good Life Experience

BBC6 Music Session

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We performed a 4 song session on 2nd April at Maida Vale Studios in North London. 3 songs were aired live on the Marc Riley show and then a pre-recorded version of Supernature was aired on Gideon Coe’s show. You can find both shows on the BBC iPlayer.

Listen to Marc Riley’s show HERE

Green Man Festival

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Very pleased to be playing the Green Man Festival in Wales this August. You can buy tickets via a link in the ‘Show’ section. See you there!

We Are Modern Nature

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Modern Nature are pleased to announce the release of our debut Nature EP, released 22nd March via Bella Union and available to preorder here, and unveil the first track from it. Click HERE to listen. Modern Nature on this record are Will Young, Jack Cooper, Jeff Tobias, Rupert Gillett and Aaron Neveu. For news on further releases and shows, you can follow Modern Nature via the social media buttons at the bottom of the page. The artwork is by Tara Okon

St. Pancras Old Church Show

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Modern Nature’s first show is at St. Pancras Old Church in London on 8th April.

St Pancras Old Church is a Church of England parish church in Somers Town, Central London. It is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras, and is believed by many to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England.

There will be more shows announced towards the end of the year, but this is it for now.

Tickets are on sale via Bird On The Wire