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Approved: Archivist

By | Published on Wednesday 3 May 2017

Archivist

Following the release of Archivist’s debut EP in 2013, songwriter Ed Begley returned last year with the first of a series of singles from new EP ‘Memo’. That EP is now due out next week.

Joined by a newly expanded band featuring musicians who have previously performed with Blur, Questlove, The Invisible and Ghostpoet, among others, the melancholic mood of those earlier songs is transported into a punchier, more electronic sound.

The new music was written in an abandoned school, which Begley at the time called home, and which serves as the setting for the video for new single ‘Wild Hope’.

“I was living in this crumbling old school in Deptford, without any heating or creature comforts – save the mice – just writing the record”, says Begley. “It was quite grim at times, but at the same time I found hope there. I wanted to capture the idea that hope can be found in the darkest and seemingly most hopeless of places or situations if it needs to be”.

As intended, ‘Wild Hope’ spins the dark mood set out by the music into positivity, if you care to look for it. Catch that in a live setting at Rich Mix in London on 16 May and watch the video for the new single here:

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