‘Archipelago’ is the second album from Hidden Orchestra. Following the release of their 10,000 selling debut, ‘Night Walks’, their intricate yet viscerally emotive and energetic sound has won them critical acclaim and a diverse fanbase, from bass and hip hop heads to jazz and classical aficionados to indie and rock fans. ‘Archipelago’ follows the “Vorka”/“Spoken” single which premiered on The Line of Best Fit and Wax Poetics and continues to gain heavy tastemaker support including Stuart Maconie, Nemone and Huey Morgan on BBC 6Music, Ally McCrae (BBC R1), John Kennedy (XFM), Monocle 24, The Selector and more.
Hidden Orchestra's Joe Acheson characterises Archipelago as a voyage round a group of islands, all built from the same materials, but each with its own topography.
Wave and bird sounds break the surface of some tracks, while "Overture" subsides and swells in a flow of clarinet, strings and vibes. It's maritime in mood: strings wrap around the trip-hop groove of "Vorka" like mist. The sound is akin to a Hebridean Portishead, or a chamber-jazz ensemble with funkier grooves, two drummers carrying the sleek bodywork of trumpet, piano, violin, harp and twinkling Scandinavian kantele. [The Independent]