Minor Victories announce new instrumental album, share video for first single “Cogs” — watch

Orchestral Variations is an "instrumental interpretation" of the supergroup's self-titled debut LP


Minor Victories, the supergroup featuring Slowdive’s Rachel Goswell, Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite, and Editors’ Justin Lockey and his brother James Lockey, released their self-titled debut over the summer. Now, they’ve announced a companion LP entitled, Orchestral Variations.

Due out in indie record shops on Black Friday (November 25th), Orchestral Variations is described as an “instrumental interpretation” of Minor Victories. Just as every song on the original has been reworked for the new effort, the tracklisting has been reorganized to better suit the new arrangements.

Discussing the record, Justin Lockey admitted to knowing little of musical “theory, notes, scales,” saying that Orchestra Variations is his attempt to make everything “sound right to [his] ear:”

“When we were putting together the Minor Victories album, a lot of the music came about through string arrangements, motifs, melodies, countermelodies and other such noodlings I was messing about with. This record kind of takes it back to that initial point, and re-imagines the whole record from that standpoint – the bare bones, the hint at a vocal melody, not relying on any backbeat – but stripping the songs back to the base elements and then piece-by-piece making an entirely new record. It takes the songs and elements around them and the phrases into a new place, mostly born out of hindsight and I guess a curiosity to fuck around with it all long enough until it sounded right to my ear. From all that an entirely new record was formed. It’s not a remix album, or b-sides…it’s just another way at looking/hearing things.”

As a first sample of this re-imagining, Minor Victories has shared the video for “Cogs”, which you can view above. Below, find the album artwork and tracklist. Following the North American-exclusive clear vinyl release on Black Friday, Orchestral Variations will be available digitally on January 27th.

Orchestral Variations Album Art:

minor victories  orchestral cover Minor Victories announce new instrumental album, share video for first single Cogs    watch

Orchestral Variations Tracklist:
01. Cogs
02. Breaking My Light
03. The Thief
04. Give Up The Ghost
05. Scattered Ashes
06. Folk Arp
07. For You Always
08. A Hundred Ropes
09. Higher Hopes
10. Out To Sea

Minor Victories are currently on tour in the UK and Europe, and will hook up with Placebo come December. Find their tour schedule below.

Minor Victories 2016 Tour Dates:
10/24 – Minalo, IT @ Santeria Social Club
10/25 – Vienna, AT @ Ottakringer Brewery
10/26 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks
10/27 – Brussels, BE @ Botanique
10/29 – Port-Jérôme-Sur-Seine, FR @ Pitchfork Music Festival: Paris
10/30 – Düsseldorf, DE @ Zakk
10/31 – Berlin, DE @ SO36
11/01 – Dresden, DE @ Beatpol
11/02 – Munich, DE @ Feierwerk
11/04 – Reykjavik, IS @ Iceland Airwaves
11/05 – Den Haag, NL @ Crossing Border Festival
11/06 – Hamburg, DE @ Markthalle
11/07 – Copenhagen, DK @ Pumpehuset
12/02 – Glasgow, UK @ The SSE Hydro *
12/03 – Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena *
12/05 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Arena *
12/06 – Nottingham, UK @ Motorpoint Arena *
12/08 – Birmingham, UK @ Barclaycard Arena *
10/10 – Dublin, IE @ 3Arena *
12/11 – Liverpool, UK @ The Magnet
12/12 – Newport, UK @ Newport Centre *
12/13 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy 2 Oxford
12/14 – Brighton, UK @ Brighton Centre *
12/15 – London, UK @ Wembly Arena *

* = w/ Placebo