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Dutch Uncles’ Robin Richards announces debut solo EP

By | Published on Thursday 17 October 2019

Robin Richards

Dutch Uncles Robin Richards frontman has announced that he will release his debut EP, ‘Castel’, later this year. Following on from his 2016 soundtrack to Chernobyl disaster documentary ‘Birdsong: Stories From Pripyat’, the release again sees him working in classical-influenced mostly instrumental music.

The first single from the EP, ‘Toompea’, was released this morning. Of the track, Richards says: “‘Toompea’ is set during the Estonian fight for independence, and is an exploration of the impact that Soviet oppression in the Baltics had on native artists in the 70s and 80s. It’s written in three movements, and named after the ancient castle which houses the parliament of Estonia”.

In the video for the single we see director Nick Middleton travelling to Orkney with a documentary film crew filming a stone circle. As the tension builds in the music, flashes from his imagination take over the imagery on screen.

Middleton explains: “I think stone circles show us how much we don’t know about where we’ve come from. Experts talk about portals and extra-dimensional gates and, whilst I don’t necessarily agree with them, I like the idea that our imaginations can take us to those places. I definitely feel an atmosphere around those places, maybe it is just that link with the past, the shadows of forgotten ancestors”.

The EP is out on 6 Dec on PRAH Recordings. Watch the video for ‘Toompea’ here: