April 2013 will see the release of Karl Hyde's debut solo LP, Edgeland. It features nine tracks that were recorded over a year in London with multi-instrumentalist and producer Leo Abrahams (whom Karl met whilst collaborating with Brian Eno). Edgeland is a graceful and meditative collection that explores the limitless possibilities of what late film director Anthony Minghella christened 'esoteric Underworld' - something that's existed on record since dubnobasswithmyheadman.
If you didn't know it, for much of my life I've been fascinated with abandoned buildings, landscapes and architecture. Maybe it's the darkness, the longing for times gone by or just that I've found there to be peace and solace in those things that others pass by but as you can see in this video, Karl Hyde shares a similar passion. You can read more about it here.
I've pre-ordered this on vinyl and am pretty stoked. There has always been an underlying melancholy to be found in the musical bliss of Underworld and they somehow strike a perfect balance of the two sides of the human spirit.
Edgeland is released in Japan on April 10th and across the rest of the world on April 22nd on deluxe CD/DVD, standard CD, download and 12" vinyl. It is available for physical pre-order at www.underworldlive.com/store.