Hannah Moule and The Moulettes return with their 5th studio album and their most ambitious project to date. ‘Xenolalia’, is a collection of 55 pieces of music: 11 songs about communication, told 5 ways. Electric, Strings, A Cappella, Horns and Electronica. Now embarking on the biggest adventure in their career so far, Hannah and the band are pushing all the boundaries for this extraordinary release.
Xenolalia – Part I leads with the electric track, ‘Idiolect’, an exploration of the deeply personal way that we humans communicate and express ourselves; how our patterns are as unique and various as a fingerprint.
“I was thinking about how polarised we have become. It’s a reminder to myself to keep my ears open, a supplication for dialogue and understanding, a call to listening closer and looking deeper, particularly to people I might not agree with.” – Hannah Moule
This first offering from Hannah Moule & The Moulettes is a glittering exposition into what is to come from the full Xenolalia pentalogy. Each interpretation of the song on this EP draws out a different angle – the words and music are re-contextualised. The glitchy Deerhoof stylings of the Electric version lay out the song in its first incarnation, and the string rendering takes over, with nods to Scandinavian folk music and classical orchestration. From the joyful explosive 7/8 time Horns variation through to the imploring primal plea of the A Cappella: “Speak to me… I’m filling in the blanks”, the EP concludes with the Electronica version, a curious exploration of our relationship with sound and the architecture of language featuring Bec Plexus whose latest album has been championed by the likes of David Byrne and The NY Times.
With touring schedules interrupted, the band will present the 55 pieces of music digitally, divided into 11 EPs, released once a month. The Patreon subscribers will decide what goes on vinyl when the band are allowed to start touring again in March 2021. Click here for more information.