The 'difficult second album' has become so prevalent it's practically an idiom, so you can forgive bands like Ex Libras for taking some time out to make sure their next LP was as powerful as their critically acclaimed debut, 'Suite(s)'. However, nobody thought they'd have to wait 4 years to hear the elusive 'Side Step Left', the band's forthcoming album due for release this summer. We caught up with Ex Libras beats master Ross to see what they've been up to since we last say the band, and what we can expect in 2015.
Contactmusic: You're back after rather a long break - why did you decide to go away?
Ross: It wasn't really a conscious decision to go anywhere, but having released 'Suite(s)' and then 'Cut(s)', the natural cycle of write, record, release and tour had come full circle and we found ourselves writing again. This process drew on an appraisal of material scattered across hard drives, recorded at various points over the last two years, and so the process started again. It just so happened that this particular cycle took an extra long orbit, possibly influenced by bodies of greater influence that as a band you try your best to navigate through. We're nearly full cycle again coming up to the release of 'Side Step Left' in 2015, but we have not yet completed the circle.
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Cut(s) is an acoustic EP from South London trio Ex Libras. They have taken the drums and distortion from 5 songs from their debut album, adding loops, samples and Ruth Campbell's cello skills to create what they call a 'blood relative' to last year's Suite(s). The appeal of Ex Libras compared to, so many in the music industry at present, is that their quite obviously in it for the love of it. Stripping your own work to its core and re-presenting it deserves a lot of credit but managing to sound like Starsailor and yet also brilliant deserves a certificate on the fridge.
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