Alec Empire tells nme.com about the odd couple's work together...
BJORK’S long-awaited collaboration with ATARI TEENAGE RIOT’S ALEC EMPIRE is finally nearing completion, nme.com can reveal.
Empire is on the verge of completing mixes on four tracks featuring himself, Bjork and the Brodsky Quartet. Titled ‘April’, ‘Five Years’, ‘Sod Off’ and ‘Yoga’, it’s likely they’ll appear on an EP later this year but it’s not known which label will release it.
Alec Empire told nme.com: “It’s been planned since last summer and now I want to nail it down over the next two or three weeks. It was crazy because the last European tour and the problems we had with the band, everything got so fucked up that I couldn’t finish it.”
“The string quartet performance is very complex. What I’m trying to do is find a good balance between what I do and what they do.”
“There’s so much stuff going on with the strings and Bjork’s very powerful voice, the main thing is to find a balance.”
Alec was in London to film the video to ATR’s new single ‘Too Dead For Me’ with director John Hillcoat, the man responsible for the 1988 prison drama ‘Ghosts Of The Civil Dead’ starring Nick Cave.
The single will be released in summer along with some new, as-yet-untitled ATR tracks.
For the rest of this exclusive interview with ATR frontman Alec Empire, see this week’s issue of NME where he talks about the band’s new single being about the rise of neo-fascists in Europe.
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