March 30, 2012 16:40
Maccabees' Orlando Weeks unveils debut single from side-project Young Colossus
Singer tells NME he wanted to write new material with a 'different voice'
The singer launched the project, which also features musician Nic Nell, on Monday (March 26). They have partnered with illustrator Robert Hunter for a storybook that is accompanied by a six-track EP.
Speaking to NME about the project, Weeks said: "At the end of the last lot of touring, about two years ago, I started doing bits and pieces that didn't feel like they'd fit anywhere, but I didn't want to throw them away."
He continued: "I was trying to write stuff with a different voice – using lots of pitch shifting so I could concentrate on the melody rather than how much I was annoyed about my own voice - and as I slowly compiled more and more of it started sounding like characters more than like me so I went with that and after a while it started manifesting itself into a shape."
The EP, which also features vocals from Alessi's Ark singer Alessi Laurent-Marke, is available from Youngcolossus.com and each one comes with a 24-page storybook with drawings by Robert Hunter.
Speaking about why he partnered with an illustrator, Weeks said: "Originally I was thinking about trying to find an animator or making a short film. Then I saw Rob's drawings and suddenly just felt they were made for each other in the feel and atmosphere and style - it suddenly clicked and felt really natural."
The Maccabees play their biggest UK show to date at London's Alexandra Palace in June.
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