Formed in 2013, Belgium's The Colorist Orchestra have so far existed to reinterpret other singers' works; founders Aarich Jespers and Kobe Proesmans use traditional and bespoke instruments to rework the music of the artist they're collaborating with. They're best known for working with Emiliana Torrini, with whom they toured and made a 2016 album, and now they're putting the finishing touches on new album Not on the Map which will be out in October via Dangerbird. It's a collaboration with Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, but unlike their previous works, this album will feature all new material.
The first single is "More Exes," which also features Pieta Brown. It began life as a cover of Gelb's "Vortexas" from 2013's The Coincidentalist, but became something new. “Inspired by an old Giant Sand song, we prepared and recorded almost all the parts for ‘More Exes’ before we had a vocal take,” Jespers says. “So we basically worked on the arrangement as an instrumental track, which explains the many layers in melodies and textures. We wanted to impress Howe with our full color sound to get him on board.”