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Penguin Cafe release new live version of Coriolis

Penguin Cafe
(Image credit: Alex Kozobolis)

Penguin Cafe have shared a new live video of Coriolis, which you can watch below. The original featured on the band's debut album, A Matter Of Life..., originally released in 2011 and now being reissued by Erased Tapes as A Matter Of Life... 2001 on April 29.

"The version of Coriolis that ended up on the record is actually a mix of several takes we recorded on a very slow, cosy day in the studio," explains Penguin Cafe leader Arthur Jeffes. "It had been raining for days and Oli, our violinist, and I had the basic idea and played around with it. In the end the initial recordings sounded so beautiful I just cut together the best parts to make it into the song we have here. It always makes me think of rain."

Penguin Cafe were conceived by Arthur Jeffes as a continuation of his father Simon's Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Their debut album featured appearances from Suede guitarist Neil Codling and Cass Browne (Senseless Things/Gorillaz).

"It’s been really lovely to come back to these old friends — and with this re-issue we’ll be bringing them all out to play live again," adds Jeffes. "Now four albums on, and with our new home at Erased Tapes, it makes a lot of sense for us to go back and pull this record out and brush it off for today.

"I originally wrote Harry Piers to play at my dad‘s memorial service 24 years ago, and I played it at the end of pretty much every gig (and soundcheck) we’ve done since, so I’ve probably played it hundreds if not thousands of times since we originally released A Matter of Life... So when we decided to reissue the album, Robert and I both felt it would be fun to record an up-to-date version of this song, because it has changed over time and it continues to evolve. So while this is still very much the same tune, I think it has a lot more nuance and detail that reflect the years that have passed since 2011."

The original artwork by Jeffes' mother, the sculptor Emily Young, has been updated with a new photo from UK photographer and long-time collaborator Alex Kozobolis, which re-enacts the original, which featured Jeffes and a Penguin figure with Jeffes and his own daughter.

Penguin cafe have a host of UK live dates for the remainder of 2022.

Pre-order A Matter Of Life... 2001.

Penguin Cafe live dates:
Mar 23: London Barbican Centre
Apr 29: Belfast The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival (with Peter Broderick)
May 1: Cheltenham Jazz Festival
May 12: Brighton The Great Escape — Erased Tapes 十五 showcase
May 14: Saffron Walden Saffron Hall
May 29: Hay On Wye Hay Festival
Jun 1: Swadlincote Timber Festival
Jul 29: Barnsley Underneath The Stars Festival
Sep 24: Stroud Hidden Notes

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Penguin Cafe

(Image credit: Erased Tapes)

Penguin Cafe: A Matter Of Life... 2001
1. That, Not That
2. Landau
3. Sundog
4. The Fox and the Leopard
5. Finland
6. Pale Peach Jukebox
7. Harry Piers 2021
8. Two Beans Shaker
9. From a Blue Temple
10. Ghost in the Pond
11. Coriolis

Jerry Ewing
Jerry Ewing

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.