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PARACHUTE FOR GORDO Sign To Beth Shalom Records & Announce Return With New Album

5th September 2019

Instrumental post-rock band Parachute for Gordo are delighted to announce that they have signed to Beth Shalom Records for the release of their new album Best Understood By Children And Animals, set for release early next year.

Best Understood by Children and Animals is the fourth album from the underground veterans, with a brand new video for ‘Markhor Parkour’—a twisting slice of math-pop that builds to a shimmering, joyous conclusion—the first single to be taken from the album, out now.

The band play a special single launch headline show this Sunday 8th September at Sebright Arms, London with support from Drum Thing andLes Futiles.

In a nod to the CD singles of their youth, ‘Markhor Parkour’ is accompanied by two b-sides: a live session of ‘When I Was A Teenage Manta Ray’ from the band’s debut album, and ‘Clap Clap I’m a Seal’, the first part of the band’s experimental Onomatopoeia Suite that will see further instalments on later singles.

The new album was recorded by Mark Roberts (Delta Sleep, The Physics House Band) at Brighton Electric. After having self-produced their previous albums on a shoestring budget, Best Understood By Children and Animals is Gordo’s first foray into a professional studio environment. This new approach has allowed the band to develop their sound in every direction to make something more expansive, intense and intricate than ever before.

The album’s title, Best Understood by Children and Animal, comes from a quote by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky and sums up Parachute For Gordo’s approach to music; delighting in play and experimentation with an emphasis on exploring dynamics beyond language and literal meaning. It is music for the senses: immediate, vital, subconscious.

The album artwork has been designed by Mari Hallo-Aho and features a painting by bassist John’s daughter Beatrice (age 1). The artwork for the accompanying singles was also created by Mari’s young nephew, Sulo (age 4) celebrating the innocent creativity of children.

Based in the cultural capitals of Aldershot, London and Berlin, since 2012 the band have been known for their playful, intimate live shows and an ambitious DIY approach to creating their musical projects. They have played live with household names from the instrumental scene including And So I Watch You From Afar, Poly-Math, Gallops, The Physics House Band and Adam Betts’ Colossal Squid.

Further album details and live dates will be revealed over the coming months.

Markhor Parkour is out now via Beth Shalom Records

PFG live dates:

08.09.19 – London – Sebright Arms (single launch show)