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Clive Mitten releases teaser video for Suite Cryptique solo album

Clive Mitten
(Image credit: Clive Mitten)

Clive Mitten has released a teaser video for his upcoming album  Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983, his reworking of old Twelfth Night material in an orchestra style, which will be released in March.

The five minute video offers a minute preview of each of the five trracks on the new double album: Part One: Live At The Target, Part Two: Live (And Let Live), Part Three: The Collector, Part Four: Fact and Fiction and Part Five: Creepshow. You can watch the trailer in full below.

"I had for some forty years wanted to revisit the early years of Twelfth Night, Mitten tells Prog. "I had it in my head that I could do strange and wonderful things with the music. I knew that it would be a huge undertaking, particularly as I never do things by halves. Then on 23 March 2020 the first lockdown occurred and I saw my chance.  10 months later the two-hour Suite Cryptique is done, all recorded at home in a virtual world of orchestral music. I am very pleased with it."

Suite Cryptique has been written, arranged, recorded and produced by Mitten. The cover painting is by former Twelfth Night singer, the late Geoff Mann (who sadly passed away on February 5, 1993), one of a number of sketches Mann made in 1982 while the band were recording the Fact & Fiction album. Manns wife Jane acts as strings consultant on the album.

Pre-order Suite Cryptique: Recomposing Twelfth Night 1978-1983.

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock, as well as sleevenotes for many major record labels. He lives in North London and happily indulges a passion for AC/DC, Chelsea Football Club and Sydney Roosters.