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Near The Westway
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August 27, 2021


Press Release

Earlier this year, Squid took part in an exciting and extraordinary live to vinyl recording challenge. In one take, the band recorded two new songs straight to lacquer for a two track EP titled ‘Near The Westway’, live and direct to vinyl at Metropolis Studios -and BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq was there to listen in and play out on his show. A limited run of the EP was first available as part of Record Store Day Saturday and unsurprisingly sold out immediately. Today Squid announced a further run of ‘Near The Westway’ which will be available on 27th August via Warp Records. [pre-order here] Arthur from Squid, said ahead of the session. “We’ve been busying ourselves away on some scores, arranging orchestral versions of two of our favourite tracks from Bright Green Field. The process is the same as ever, starting off with no clue of what we’re doing, stumbling along together, each inputting our ideas into the music until it starts to take shape.”

‘Near The Westway’ sees Squid reimagine singles, ‘2010’ and ‘DFM’ from their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Bright Green Field’ which came out in May and must be the weirdest album to reach #4 in the UK Official Charts in a long time - testament to the avid fan base they have been building over the last few years with their incendiary live shows and high octane releases. For this Live To Vinyl recording, the band brought in additional horns and string players to develop their arrangements which became heavily influenced by legendary minimalist composer Steve Reich. The resulting recordings confirms what we already knew about Squid; that they are one of the most exciting bands in the UK and far beyond.

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 2010 (Live at Metropolis) 4:37 Buy

    2010 (Live at Metropolis)

  2. 2 DFM Extended Edition (Live at Metropolis) 7:58 Buy

    DFM Extended Edition (Live at Metropolis)




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Alternative / Indie / Post-rock

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