22 Mar 2024

The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' is released today

The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' album is released  today. 

'The BBC Sessions' were originally recorded live at Maida Vale for a Marc Riley session on BBC 6 Music in September 2022, the five tracks capture The Utopia Strong stretching themselves and continuing to develop their aural explorations.

You can preorder The Utopia Strong's 'The BBC Sessions' on Ltd Edition Black vinyl and CD via the link below, or from your local record shop:


The band approached this session differently, as usually pieces are improvised and developed live over a longer period of time. “When we hit a point where all three of us really had something going, we would continue while the proverbial tape was rolling,” says Kavus Torabi, “So, the shorter pieces are the result of about ten or fifteen minutes playing that you wouldn’t have heard.”

The history of BBC Maida Vale Sessions is familiar to The Utopia Strong. As musicians, and lifelong music fans, the legacy - the importance - of such recordings is not lost on them. Space and place influence creativity, as is the case here, and the sleeve is a loving homage to those classic BBC releases, affectionately nodding to Strange Fruit Peel Sessions from days of yore. 

See the band live:

04 Sep / Leeds / Headrow House
05 Sep / Whitby / Flowergate Hall
06 Sep / Manchester / The Yard
07 Sep / Homington / St Mary's Church