New Pêtr Aleksänder EP Includes Dave Le’aupepe in Spoken-Word Contribution

Pêtr Aleksänder — the duo that includes Gang of Youths’ newest member, Tom Hobden — is featuring none other than Dave Le’aupepe on their just-released EP.

The EP is called Another Worldwe mentioned it was coming about a month ago when Hobden and partner Eliot James were releasing sneak previews of some of the new music. What we didn’t know then is that Dave Le’aupepe would appear on the EP, too.

He provides a spoken-word contribution on “The Real Thing,” which is track No. 3. Over a lush combination of strings and keyboards (and some light whispering voices in the background), Dave recites a few lines from C.S. Lewis’ classic theological book, Mere Christianity:

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthy pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.

If that is so, I must take care, on the one hand, never to despise, or be unthankful for, these earthly blessings, and on the other, never to mistake them for the something else of which they are only a kind of copy, or echo, or mirage.

The song is a beautiful piece of music in its own right but becomes even more compelling with Dave’s vocal contribution.

You can find, buy, and/or stream the EP from any of the sources listed here.

Gang of Youths’ Two German Festival Appearances Canceled

And now for the least surprising news we’ve ever shared: All of Gang of Youths planned summer festival performances have now been canceled/postponed in the wake of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The last dominos to fall are the sister festivals in Germany, Rock am Ring and Rock im Park. Those were scheduled for the first weekend in June, but Germany recently announced a ban on all large gatherings through the end of August.

That leaves the UK’s Neighbourhood Weekender festival as the only summer event that hasn’t been canceled. But it was postponed from late May to the first weekend in September. Gang of Youths is currently scheduled to perform on day one of the festival — Saturday, September 5.

After that, the only other known live gigs on the band’s schedule are the Sea.Hear.Now festival in New Jersey on Sept. 19-20, and the Ohana Festival on Sept. 26 in southern California.

As always, all upcoming Gang of Youths concerts are listed right here on DeepestSighs.com.

Tom Hobden releasing new music with Pêtr Aleksänder

One of the cool things about being a Gang of Youths fan is that the guys in the band we love have a lot of different musical interests and side projects. Consider:

We can add the newest member of Gang of Youths, Tom Hobden, to that list.

Long before joining Gang of Youths, Tom has been part of Pêtr Aleksänder — a duo with producer Eliot James. It’s hard to describe the music, frankly. It’s electronic but also classical. It’s thoughtful. It’s mellow and comforting.

Tom and Eliot premiered about a minute of new music last month, which you can hear here:

Just a couple days ago, they released a full length track called “Copy, Echo, Mirage” that features Tom singing. You can watch that below.

As you can see on the tweet above, Tom and Eliot have an EP coming out in May called Another World and eventually an album called Closer, Still. Clash Magazine just did a write-up on this new track, which mentions that it’s one of four songs on the upcoming EP.

Fascinating band to follow, isn’t it?