Watch: Minor Victories - “Give Up the Ghost (Orchestral Variation)” Video

Orchestral Variations Due Out November 25 via Fat Possum

Nov 16, 2016
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Minor Victories is a supergroup featuring Slowdive's Rachel Goswell, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Editors' Justin Lockey, and Hand Held Cine Club's James Lockey. The band's self-titled debut album came out back in June via Fat Possum in the U.S. (and [PIAS] in the rest of the world). On November 25 the band are releasing a new album, Orchestral Variations, that is an instrumental reinterpretation of their self-titled debut. Now they have shared a video for an orchestral variation on "Give Up the Ghost." Like most of the band's other videos it's a slow motion black & white affair, this time focusing on a woman on the subway. Watch it below, followed by the band's tour dates.

Justin Lockey had this to say about the new version of the song in a press release: "'Give Up the Ghost' on the full band album opens up proceedings with a massive slice of fuzz and vitriol. So I took it to pieces and kept Rach's vocal melody, which I always thought was great, albeit buried underneath a million guitars and stupidly oversized drums. In the end I started again, with marimbas...why? Because everyone loves a marimba (if not they ought to). I guess from my part it's a huge nod to Steve Reich, with some melodramatic strings woven in for good measure. James shot the film on a day off on tour in Berlin. It's probably my favorite yet. Super simple but I can't stop watching it once I start."

Orchestral Variations is due out in the U.S. on 180-gram double vinyl on November 25th as part of Record Store Day's Black Friday event and will be released worldwide and digitally on January 27, 2017.

Read our interview with Goswell and Braithwaite about Minor Victories.

Also read our 2014 print article on Slowdive's recent reunion, our separate 2014 web-exclusive interview with Rachel Goswell about the reunion, and our 2014 web-exclusive article about the bands that influenced Slowdive. Plus read our 2014 interview with Stuart Braithwaite on Mogwai's Rave Tapes album.

Minor Victories Tour Dates:

12/02 - Glasgow, UK - The SSE Hydro *
12/03 - Leeds, UK - First Direct Arena *
12/05 - Manchester, UK - Manchester Arena *
12/06 - Nottingham, UK - Motorpoint Arena *
12/08 - Birmingham, UK - Barclaycard Arena *
10/10 - Dublin, IE - 3Arena *
12/11 - Liverpool, UK - The Magnet
12/12 - Newport, UK - Newport Centre *
12/13 - Oxford, UK - O2 Academy 2 Oxford 
12/14 - Brighton, UK - Brighton Centre *
12/15 - London, UK - Wembly Arena *
* supporting Placebo



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