Update: An mail-out from Shackleton today clarifies that there’s no planned concept album of this name.

Despite the press release for the performance claiming that Refugees of the Septic Heart would be a Shackleton album release as well as a performance (and when we contacted the theatre, they seemed to think so too), Shackleton explains that “the music for the performance actually consists of basic demos for a record that were abandoned four years ago”, and that there are no plans for release.


Shackleton’s forthcoming concept album Refugees Of The Septic Heart will provide the musical backdrop for a dance performance in London this weekend.

Six dancers will be accompanied by “decaying urban sounds” in a state-of-the-nation investigation of greed, manipulation and control, according to the Laban Theatre [via The Wire].

Riffing on the name of Shackleton’s label Woe To The Septic Heart, the music will feature spoken word artist Vengeance Tenfold, who also appeared on Music For The Quiet Hour, a five-part suite of electronic bricolage released by the Berlin-based producer last year, and Sonic Journeys, a specially commissioned experiment designed to be heard on certain stretches of trainline in rural Devon, UK.

Refugees… also provides the title of the performance, choreographed by British dancer Tom Dale with digital animations by Barret Hodgson. Performances take place on 19 and 20 April at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance in Greenwich, south-east London, and tickets are still available.

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