Under the Reefs Orchestra explore otherworldly sonics and imagery on ‘Sakurajima’

New album due September 2022 via Capitane Records

Belgian experimental collective Under the Reefs Orchestra have announced a brand new release with the arrival of ‘Sakurajima’, lifted from the band’s forthcoming album due this September through Capitane Records. 

Channeling the spirit of Ennio Morricone, ‘Sakurajima’ is accompanied by a surreal, animated film by Belgian arthouse directors Yoann Stehr and David Delruelle. The band say: “The video is dreamlike and brutal, made up of hundreds of collages. The music and images are inspired by the almost divine way in which the Sakurajima volcano in Japan reigns over the city of Kagoshima, whose inhabitants often protect themselves with transparent umbrellas from the rain of its ashes. In 2015, during the restart of the nearby Sendai nuclear power plant, Sakurajima erupted and shook the city. Its growl sounded like a warning.”

‘Sakurajima’ premiered at the Courts Mais Trash Film Festival in Brussels on March 17th.

About Under The Reefs Orchestra:

The Brussels trio led by guitarist Clément Nourry create a powerful musical nexus where riffs and patterns intertwine and intensify; where massive bass saxophone blasts confront Morriconian melodies. With Clément Nourry at the helm, Under The Reefs Orchestra is an adventurous power trio that navigates between post-rock and tempestuous jazz.

Nourry is one of the most dynamic guitarists on the Brussels scene and also plays in Yokai and with Nicolas Michaux. In Under the Reefs Orchestra, he is supported by the growling saxophone of Marti Mélia (Flat Earth Society) and the relentless drumming of Jakob Warmenbol (Don Kapot, Robbing Millions). Together, their music freely takes the listener through hazy melodic horizons dotted with hypnotic riffs. Haunted by the ghosts of Moondog and Adrien Belew, the crew of Under The Reef Orchestra provide a raging soundtrack for our struggles in a world on the brink of an ecological apocalypse.