Mercury KX recently announced the release of Floex & Tom Hodge’s collaborative album ‘A Portrait Of John Doe’. Due on 29 June, the album will be preceded by a series of EPs, the first of which – the ‘Wednesday (Is The New Friday)’ EP – is out now. The album sees Floex (aka Tomas Dvorak, the Czech clarinetist, composer, producer and multimedia artist from Prague), and London-based Hodge (the British composer, pianist, and clarinetist, who recently scored McMafia), bring together classical and radical “avant-garde” electronic music.
The pair, who’ve previously worked with Max Cooper (Remnants), began work on the album after meeting at the Berlin festival in 2014, the project has taken three years to complete and saw the pair work together with the Prague Radio Symphonic Orchestra (PRSO) to bring the music and their arrangements to life.
‘Wednesday (Is The New Friday)’ is the first piece of music to be revealed from the album. The original is accompanied by a remix from Hidden Orchestra (who Floex recently remixed), which further explores the electronic music dynamic created by Floex and Hodge.
Floex & Tom Hodge said:
“We are looking for universal human stories, things that connect us. This is neither an apocalyptic or wildly optimistic vision, the album subject for ‘A Portrait Of John Doe’ is rather a search for modern human values. The theme of the album turns our attention to everyday moments of our lives, as a certain counterbalance to the unceasing pursuit of efficiency, singularity and uniqueness that is so characteristic of today's times.”