Led by Jack Cooper and Beak> member Will Young, their debut cut will knock your socks off
Cai Trefor
16:07 12th February 2019

Bella Union band Modern Nature have today shared their cut 'Supernature’ - a recording from the debut EP. You can listen to it on Gigwise below. 

We're thrilled to share this one because Modern Nature are no ordinary band. Anyone who regularly listened to 6Music will recall the majestic beauty of Jack Cooper's band he had with Proper Ornaments member James Hoare called Ultimate Painting.

They split up last year to the dismay of thousands of fans as there's still an album in the vaults that they can't agree to release. But, Cooper, who was also once peddling the band Mazes, is charging forwards with new music, much to our pleasure.

Cooper says the band "is so new, it's hard to say who's in and who isn't. At the moment it's myself and Will Young (Beak>) with Aaron Neveu on drums (Woods/Herbcraft) Rupert Gillett on cello and then Jeff Tobias on saxophone (Sunwatchers)."

It reads for an esteemed cast: Woods are one of the most brilliant folk-indie bands around; Beak> - led by Portishead's Geoff Barrow - were high up many end of year lists; and Sunwatchers are an ace psych and free jazz band. 

The 12-minute track Modern Nature (streaming above) takes cues from Alice Coltrane’s devotional music with the pastoral haze of Fairport Convention. It's utterly beguiling stuff which comes as little surprise given the stature of those involved in the recording.

If you enjoy the sound of the above, read Jack Cooper's statement about the EP called Nature that's coming out on 22 March:

“The EP is based around a song called ‘Nature’ so ‘Supernature’ is a different perspective on the EP's title track, but taken to another conclusion. It's our most recent recording and there seems to be some sense in people hearing that first. ‘Nature’ is our take on that propulsive rhythm of A Sailor's Life-era Fairport Convention but ‘Supernature’ is something else entirely. 

He continues: "The band started as a vehicle for a wider project that Will and I spent the year putting together so it feels very exciting to be an actual band now. Every song we record or musician we gain, another door seems to open on a route that's worth pursuing.”

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Photo: James Sharp