Mercury Rev unveil new Harmony Rockets album with Peter Walker

Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos also features Wilco's Nels Cline and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley

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Mercury Rev have announced details of a new album by their experimental side-project Harmony Rockets, featuring veteran folk guitarist Peter Walker.

Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos is a set of three serene improvisations, also featuring Nels Cline (Wilco), Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Jesse Chandler (Mercury Rev/Midlake) and bassist Martin Keith. The album will be released by Tompkins Square on September 14.

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Despite both having long associations with the town of Woodstock, Mercury Rev didn’t cross paths with Peter Walker until recently. As Sean ‘Grasshopper’ Mackowiak tells Uncut: “I knew [Walker’s 1966 album] Rainy Day Raga pretty well, but I didn’t know any of the music he’d made recently. He said he had played harmonica when he left home at 14, so I wanted him to play harmonica. He also said he had played slide guitar during the ’60s, so we wanted him to do that as well. We wanted him to do stuff he hadn’t done in a while, along with the Indian and Spanish music he plays now.”

You can pre-order Lachesis/Clotho/Atropos here and read much more about the collaboration in the next issue of Uncut, out next week (August 16).

The September 2018 issue of Uncut is now on sale in the UK – with Rod Stewart on the cover. Elsewhere in the issue, you’ll find exclusive features on Pixies, The Byrds, Jess Williamson, Liverpool’s post-punk scene, Sly Stone, Gruff Rhys, White Denim, Beth Orton, Mary Lattimore and many more. Our free CD showcases 15 tracks of this month’s best new music, including Oh Sees, Cowboy Junkies, Elephant Micah, Papa M and Odetta Hartman.


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