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The Midnight Doctors’ debut album back in 2013 was one of the year’s most remarkable releases, and the accompanying performance at that year’s Tusk Festival was pretty amazing too. Now Phil Begg, the project’s composer/producer/sound designer who also performs and records as Hapsburg Braganza, has announced a second album – released this time on his own, revived, Ourodisc label on October 26th – and a launch gig at Newcastle’s Cumberland Arms the same day.

Through A Screen And Into A Hole once again involves a host of a collaborators from the North East’s remarkably fertile jazz and underground scene (many of whom were on the debut), but while that was predominantly a series of short vignettes and snapshots, this new release contains just eight songs, some fully composed, others more improvisatory and expansive. As with the debut, Begg’s love of cosmic jazz, cop themes, soundtracks and studio mavericks like Joe Meek and Conny Plank are to the fore and initial listens suggest an even stronger work, especially on the electrifying centrepiece Climactic Loss which features Richard Dawson to amazing effect. Begg promises a seven-strong line-up for the Cumberland gig, which include tracks from both albums and “a couple of nice surprises for film hounds”, which sounds intriguing. Support comes from the inimitable Cath & Phil Tyler, and from Possett, who appears on both Midnight Doctors albums.

Through A Screen And Into A Hole is launched at The Cumberland Arms, Newcastle on Monday 26th October.

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