London four-piece, Hejira unveil details of their new album ‘Prayer Before Birth’.
Produced by electronic music pioneer and creative visionary, Matthew Herbert, the album was released on his Accidental label on October 21st.
A group of Londoners with a diverse collective heritage spanning the entire globe from Chile and Hungary through to Ethiopia and Germany and borne of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones, Nitin Sawhney, Eric Lau and Connan Mockasin, the band seek to build this musicianship into an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Having already garnered attention from the likes of The Guardian, NOWNESS, SPIN, RollingStone, i-D Magazine, The Fly, FACT, The Quietus, Q Magazine, Dummy and more, Hejira are pleased to offer the full stream of their amazing new album ‘Prayer Before Birth’ via the streaming link and embed code below.
The band have included a selection of images taken when Hejira were recording the album in their home studio called The House of Dreams.
Matthew Herbert: “I love this band. There’s a delicate orchestration to their playing and arrangements that has more in common with symphonic classical music than rock. Born of many years of experience performing individually in a bewildering amount of styles the band seeks to build this musicianship in to an uncompromisingly visceral, passionate yet tender sound. Full of gentle surprises, the whole project feels unhindered by compromise or a desire to please. As a consequence, it makes for a magnetic, engaging listen.”
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Haunting... Enjoyably trippy. Metro
blending organic percussion, lush orchestral textures and soothing vocal harmonies, forging a tenderly uplifting debut. The Quietus
...combines elements of prog and post-punk with ambient and jazz, landing at something symphonic in texture and scope.SPIN Magazine
Having honed their sound and teamed up with producer Matthew Herbert, the awesome foursome have compiled an impressive selection of tracks . I-D Magazine
...it sounds a lot like former Accidental label mates The Invisible, it also has elements of Massive Attack at their most mellow and Connan Mockasin's spindly, spooked guitars. The Guardian
A moody slow-burner, it crawls up from sparse, echo-haunted vocals to become a sprawling guitar breakdown full of unsettling distortion and slightly off-kilter percussion; one for brooding with headphones. Dummy
Hejira’s music is meandering and layered. It’s immersive, the sort of thing you can get lost in, only to then forget you’re even lost and just carry on as normal, faintly aware of the pockets of air and twinkling lights around you. Track Of The Day. The Fly Magazine