Following the release of their album You Know Who You Are earlier this year, New York-based Nada Surf are set to release a new live album entitled Peaceful Ghosts (Live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg), which is due out Oct 28th via City Slang.
Peaceful Ghosts came about after front man Matthew Caws received a surprise email asking about a potential collaborative project from FM4 in Austria. A little over a year later, the result is a beautiful record, showcasing a completely new side to the alt-rock four-piece. The depth added by the orchestra only strengthens the power and majesty of Nada Surf’s recognisable sound.
Peaceful Ghosts was recorded across two live performances in Vienna & Potsdam and the Out of the Dark (from the band’s last record) video is a montage of photos taken during part of the album’s recording in Vienna.
Once a year, FM4 in Austria chooses an artist for a national orchestral concert that’s broadcast across the country, and they reached out to Nada Surf asking if the band would like to be the next. Soon after receiving the FM4 request, the band secured a similar offer from Radio Eins in Berlin to perform live on air with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra, which derives its name from and is affiliated with the legendary Babelsberg Studios where notable films such as Metropolis, Dr. Mabuse and The Blue Angel were made.
For those of us unable to make it to Europe in June 2016 to listen to the fruits of this collaboration either in-person or over the airwaves, the band is making it available now with their album Peaceful Ghosts.
Nada Surf will also head out on a European tour later this year including a date in Potsdam where they will perform live with Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg. Tour dates can be found below.
Peaceful Ghosts track list:
Comes A Time
Believe You’re Mine
Blizzard of ‘77
Blonde on Blonde
Inside of Love
Out of the Dark
When I Was Young
Are You Lightning?
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