Phorusrhacos, the second single from upcoming album Archaeopteryx, is named after a giant carnivorous flightless “terror bird” of South America, which lived between 62 and 0.1million years ago. It blends string quartet with buzzing synthesizers in a rhythmic stampede, in equal parts graceful and terrifying.
MJ O’Neill’s remix on the B Side imagines our flightless terror bird finally taking off. It drags Nonsemble’s strings and keys onto the floor with a belter of a beat and the words “Okay, Ms Dinosaur, Today we fly”.
released September 20, 2022
Composed by Chris Perren, performed by Nonsemble
Violins: Flora Wong and Sam Andrews
Viola: Kieran Welch
Cello: Hannah Harley
Electronics: Chris Perren
Electronics recorded by Chris Perren. Strings recorded by Daniel Kassulke, edited by Briony Luttrell.
Track 1 Mixed by Chris Perren with mix guidance provided by Joss Rigby.
Produced by Chris Perren and Nonsemble.
Track 2 Mixed and Produced by MJ O'Neill.
Track 1 Mastered by Marly Lüske at Alchemix.
Track 2 Mastered by Chris Perren.
Cover Illustration by George Levi, featuring species Phorusrhacos. Nonsemble square logo by Shaun Moriarty.