New collaborative album 'A Portrait Of John Doe'
Floex and Tom Hodge's expansive electronic-classical crossover project is finally here! Created with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tom and Floex have imagined a musical world that celebrates the ordinary, finding value in no one and everyone.
Over the last three years, Tom Hodge & Floex have been working on A Portrait of John Doe, an album collaboration created with the Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. The first single 'Wednesday (Is The New Friday) was released on April 20th alongside a spacious, atmospheric remix by Hidden Orchestra which was premiered on Clash. The second single 'John Doe Arise', featuring vocals from Second Moon Of Winter's Kim Sheehan, was released on May 18th. This time, remix duties were taken on by Tom's long-time collaborator Max Cooper which premiered on Decoded Magazine. 'Prelude I', the third single, was released on June 15th alongside a dance floor-ready by Deltawork. A Portrait of John Doe was released on the 29th June.
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SINGLES & REMIXES ON YOUTUBE:
1. Inauguration Of Nobody
2. Wednesday (Is The New Friday)
3. Machines Are Dancing
4. John Doe Arise
5. I Dream Of Ikaria
6. Prelude I
7. Prelude II
"Some collaborations are like a firework – instant, uncontrollable and short-lived. Others are like a hearthstone fire – calculated, nurtured and long-lasting. After meeting at Berlin Festival in 2014, Czech composer/artist Tomas Dvorak (aka Floex) and UK composer/pianist Tom Hodge (of Piano Interrupted) sat down to plan and build a fire. Over three years in the making, A Portrait of John Doe is a masterful meeting of artists, instruments and styles – and one of the year’s finest records so far.
The titular ‘John Doe’ of course could relate to many things – an everyman, a corpse, a desire for anonymity, even a legal instrument (last used in the UK by the lawyers of JK Rowling, interestingly). With this collaboration, Dvorak and Hodge seek to shine a spotlight on the everyman, focusing on traits and experiences that would resonate more broadly. In a world riven by the parochial and personal, the composers encourage us to respect the universal. Purposefully conveying neither a uniformly positive or negative vision, the nine-track set steers through myriad moods as it passes genre after genre, flirting with but never embracing each... " ACloserLIsten.com
"The one told by the album is clearly visible, and this is the first time an instrumental album made me think about life. Mostly because of the inconvenient, dissonant I Dream of Ikaria, which I perceived as a musical interpretation of the throws and torments of something weak mind trying to create something, and the Requiem, which seems to me an incredible image of the anxiety and fear of a man who suddenly ran out of time. Maybe the brightest moment of John Doe's life is its end. I think that at the beginning of the story the listener seems to be looking at the character from the side, and by the end he is looking through the character’s eyes. Thank you both for the brilliant album." Dmitry Kroo