Minor Victories is the name of the new supergroup featuring Rachel Goswell of Slowdive, Stuart Braithwaite of Mogwai, Justin Lockey of Editors, and James Lockey of Hand Held Cine Club. Their self-titled debut album drops June 3rd via Fat Possum/PIAS, and today they’ve released another cinematic sample entitled “Folk Arp”.
Previous single, “A Hundred Ropes”, had theatrics of its own, but they leaned on the ominous, oncoming Death side of things. “Folk Arp”, conversely, is more of a hopeful romance. The first two minutes of the six-minute long track are almost entirely taken up by a soft rhythm, looping guitar picking, and drawn out synth notes. Goswell’s airy vocals signal the song’s second movement as she coos “Can you feel this/ Warmth holding us?” Like the feeling of love tingling through your veins, the song builds as strings enter and the rhythm taps a quickening pace.
It’s just the kind of stirring build you’d expect a band formed from all these other outfits to handle exquisitely, and Minor Victories don’t disappoint. Take a listen below.
In addition to the new music, Minor Victories have revealed their first-ever US tour dates. They’ll pick up in the summer following their spring European dates, and you can find the whole itinerary below.
Minor Victories 2016 Tour Dates:
05/03 – London, UK @ Village Underground
05/04 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
05/05 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
05/06 – Glasgow, UK @ Art School
06/03 – Dudingen, CH @ Bad Bonn Kilbi Festival
06/04 – Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival
06/17 – Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
06/19 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
06/20 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
06/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
06/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
06/24 – Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
06/25 – Columbus, OH @ The A&R Bar
06/26 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
06/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
06/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
08/05-07 – Katowice, PL @ OFF Festival
08/07 – Sicily, IT @ Ypsigrock Festival
08/12 – St Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock Festival
08/20 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival