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The composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist Paul Russell (Human Pyramids) has been awarded funding from Creative Scotland for his upcoming new album.

The album, due for release late 2017, was awarded part of the £850,000 available through the Open Project Fund in January 2017. The award was also gifted to another 40 recipients including artists, dancers, musicians, writers, festivals and organisations.

Human Pyramids is a project by Paul Russell designed for and performed by a large live ensemble. Since the release of their debut album, the ensemble has been making the runs of festivals in the UK.

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Paul Russell says of the project so far: “When I started the first album, it was never really supposed to be a band.  I was recording little loops of pals playing drums and violins and stuff in their kitchen, then cutting that up and re-arranging them into songs.

“Since the last album came out we played a lot of shows (Glastonbury, End of the Road, 2000 Trees and Arctangent festivals) and I had a grand plan that if I was to do it again, I would record things properly.

“So this time around I have been writing for the group – a 16 piece live ensemble, including drums, percussion, guitars and a string and brass quartet.”

The award has enabled Human Pyramids to work with top engineers and musicians including Paul Savage (Mogwai) and Rod Jones (Idlewild), as well as a collection of gifted composers and arrangers.

I’m totally ecstatic that Creative Scotland have got behind this project,” Russell says about winning the award, adding that it has “given me an insight into writing for classical instruments and introducing me to the sonic capabilities of these forces.”

The release date for the second album is penciled in for October-November of 2017.

Those interested in learning more about Human Pyramids can watch the official video for ‘Relapse’ above

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