That’s right. The world famous trio that brought you the acoustic rendition of two of the most influential trance albums of our time is once again returning to their instrumental roots. After the overwhelming positive response from recording a fusion of both ‘Tri-State’ and ‘Group Therapy’ as ‘Acoustic’ (their third studio album) with a live orchestra, Above & Beyond were ready to build on their success with new mesmerizing material.
The Grammy-nominated group has already previewed three entrancing songs off their second non-electronic compilation, including ‘Hello‘, ‘Another Chance feat. Justine Suissa‘, and the world-renown ‘We’re All We Need feat. Zoë Johnston‘ – available for streaming on Spotify. Pave Siljamäki (one of the three members) has stated that in the first album, “Guitars, piano, strings and vocals that were the bare bones of what we were working with”, but the producer also noted that “This time around we thought: ‘what other kinds of things can we do?'”. Brass seems to be a much bigger player in this instrumental-centric album, while also utilizing other vibrant sounds such as chorus-driven vocal arrangements backed up by a solid string arrangements. In many ways, this album is shaping up to stand on the shoulders of their first one.
The group will be brining out an 18-piece band to many famous concert halls for their recently announced world tour – many of which have sold out already (or are well on their way to doing so). You can view their tour dates on their website and be sure to mark your calendars for the highly anticipated release of ‘Acoustic II’ on June 3rd.
Grab your tickets for their acoustic show at the Wang Theatre in Boston on May 17th here.