Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983

We are delighted to announce the forthcoming release of Clive Mitten’s first solo album, Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983. It is Clive’s orchestral re-imaginings of our music, taking themes from many of the tracks from that period and reworking them in a classical style to produce something entirely new and quite breath-taking!

Suite Cryptique is being released as a double CD. The track listing is as follows.

Disc One:

  • Part One:           Live at the Target            [25:27]
  • Part Two:           Live (and Let Live)         [22:51]
  • Part Three:        The Collector                   [20:13]

Disc Two:          

  • Part Four            Fact and Fiction             [32:27]
  • Part Five:            Creepshow                     [17:37]

As you can see, it runs to almost exactly two hours over the two discs. The CD will be accompanied by a booklet containing comprehensive sleeve notes written by Clive explaining the concept of the album. Some of the music will feel familiar, but new at the same time! The dynamic range, as you would expect, is quite stunning!

Here’s what Clive himself is saying about it…..
The two-hour album comprises cinematic orchestral recompositions of all of the material contained on the band’s three seminal albums (from the period) plus a few live favourites that never made it on to an album.  It is in my “post minimalist” style. That is minimalism in the context of huge orchestral forces and big melodies, which I acknowledge is an oxymoron…

Although written, arranged, recorded and produced by Clive, he would like to extend his thanks for the help received from two ‘old’ friends. Violinist extraordinaire Jane Mann acted as strings consultant, listening and advising, particularly for solo strings. And Andy Revell explained notes that were neither right nor wrong but ‘blues’, and offered plenty of thoughts and feedback. The cover painting as you can probably tell is one of Geoff’s. It is one of a number of sketches he made in 1982 while we were recording the Fact & Fiction album

We anticipate high demand for this novel and exciting album that re-interprets many of the strongest and most popular songs in the Twelfth Night catalogue. The scheduled release is the 3rd week of March. But you can pre-order it here for £12 plus P&P.

Later on we plan to make it available as a digital album but initially we would like to encourage early pre-orders for the CD, as this will help us plan the manufacturing.

Posted Feb 5th 2021