True to form, Underworld tread their own path through modern Electronic Music – nodding to current trends but exhibiting an élan unmistakably their own. On "Oblivion with Bells", the Underworld palette is richer than ever: epic techno nestles next to frail acoustics, beatific prose next to sharp, urban observation, amazing sound texturing mix with mobile phone recordings.
“It takes just a few seconds of gauzy synths for the kick drum to enter, followed by a minimal bass groove,” said Pitchfork of “Crocodile,” the album’s first single. “…the track spreads out like an evening on 90s-style intoxicants.”
For the accompanying video, Underworld once again tapped Simon Taylor. (Like Underworld’s Rick Smith and Karl Hyde, Taylor is a founding member of the creative studio collective Tomato.)
Underworld will launch their extensive world tour on September 7th in San Francisco, CA, marking their first U.S. show since 2003. Live, the pair blend aural and visual elements into an unforgettable experience that more resembles a journey than a concert.
UNDERWORLD LIVE - 2007
September - 7 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
September - 8 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
September - 9 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
September - 11 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
September - 14 New York, NY Central Park Summer Stage
September - 15 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Side One Recordings will release Underworld's Oblivion with Bells on October 16th.