Grasscut are releasing ‘Coprolite Tip’, a new single from Overwinter – the first new album from the Brighton-based duo in over five years. The track will be released via Lo Recordings on 29th January 2021, with the album to follow the next month.
‘Coprolite Tip’, which follows previous single, ‘Return of the Sun’, has an unlikely and unlovely subject: coprolite is fossilised faeces, mined for use as fertiliser in Victorian times. The track began as an anonymous voicemail to Grasscut HQ which told of the beauty of dragonflies at dusk at one such mine – the location of a fatal lightning strike in 1873. The track, based around these moments of brightness over a dramatic electronic backdrop with staccato electric guitar and multitracked violin, will be available digitally via all major outlets.
The long player Overwinter was recorded in Brighton during a period in 2018 / 19 and features nine songs that evolved from daytime and nocturnal winter walks around the city. Inspired by conversations with people sleeping rough on the seafront, in parks and around new luxury apartment developments - everyone was trying to get through a bleak period: overwintering.
Grasscut is composer/producer Andrew Phillips, and manager/musician Marcus O’Dair. Their set-up is unusual, but works due to an enduring friendship and shared worldview. Phillips writes words and music, sings, records and produces. O’Dair is manager-from-within, also wielding a Juno 60 and occasionally a double bass.
Overwinter follows Everyone Was A Bird (2015), also on Lo Recordings, and two albums on Ninja Tune; 1 Inch: ½ Mile (2010) and Unearth (2012). All three releases have been critically acclaimed, with 6Music’s Tom Robinson naming their debut one of his top 13 albums of all time. They’ve also picked up praise and airplay from BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 5Live, 6Music and XFM. Grasscut’s music has been used in dramas such as The New Pope and Continuum and across UK and international TV channels.
Grasscut have collaborated with musicians including Robert Wyatt (O’Dair wrote Wyatt’s authorised biography in 2014), John Surman, Kronos Quartet, Gazelle Twin, Seb Rochford of Polar Bear, members of the Elysian Quartet, and BAFTA-winning film director Daniel Vernon. Since opening the main stage at the Big Chill in 2009, they have played extensively in Europe, at venues including the Pompidou Centre, as well as at the Royal Albert Hall, ICA, Koko and Tate Britain.
Single Pre - Order: https://grasscut.bandcamp.com/album/coprolite-tip
Album Pre -Order: https://grasscut.bandcamp.com/album/overwinter